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    Betty and Bob Lakes Hike

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    20.0 km
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    792 m
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    The Betty and Bob Lakes Hike is a stunning day hike that scales the boundary of the Continental Divide. Strenuous, but not exhausting, this trail is a perfect hike for novice hikers seeking a challenge and experts alike. Betty and Bob Lakes are also sought-after fly-fishing destinations.

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    Route Description for Betty and Bob Lakes Hike

    This trail is a crowd favorite. The Betty and Bob Lakes Hike is a great day hike up to the classic Colorado alpine lakes. As you traverse the trail through the aspen forests, hikers will be rewarded with sights of cascading waterfalls and expanse meadows littered with wildflowers in the summer months. The long and steady incline of the hike will tire your legs, but it is very manageable! This trail is a one stop shop for Indian Peaks hikes. Make sure to arrive early at the trailhead to secure a spot and beat the crowd.

    Begin your adventure from the Hessie Trailhead. From the Hessie Road and Trailhead, hook onto the Devil’s Thumb Trail. Continue hiking the trail until you encounter a junction, veer left and head southwest on the Devil’s Thumb Bypass Trail. Stay on this trail until the next intersection. At this point hikers will bear left, merging onto the King Lake Trail. The King Lake Trail will continue west for quite a while as you hike through subalpine forests and gradually gain elevation. When you confront the next fork in the road, turn right. This path will divert you north onto the Bob and Betty Trail. Betty Lake will be the first lake along the path followed by Bob Lake shortly after. Situated on the border of the Continental Divide, these alpine lakes are picturesque against the craggy mountain backdrop.

    Enjoy the vistas and do some fishing before retracing your steps down to the carpark.

    Getting to the Betty and Bob Lakes Hike Trailhead

    The Bob and Betty Lakes Trail begins at the Hessie Trailhead of the Fourth of July Road. Parking is limited so arrive early.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Yes, permits required.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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