Baldwin Lakes Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5-6.5h
Distance
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15.4 km
Elevation
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740 m
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The Baldwin Lakes Trail is a wonderful adventure in the San Isabel National Forest up to a mountain basin laden with shimmering, blue-hued alpine lakes. Flanked by snow-capped Sawatch Mountain Range summits, this scenic hike delivers postcard-worthy views. Traveling along a shared off-roading route, this is an easy-to-follow path through Colorado’s alpine environment.

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Route Description for Baldwin Lakes Trail

Ideal for those dipping their toes into high country hiking waters, the Baldwin Lakes Hike is a wonderful introductory ascent to high altitudes adventures. Travel along the semi-forest road amongst off-roaders and intrepid mountain bikers along the gurgling waters of Baldwin Creek up to the basin. In the company of fellow outdoor enthusiasts, you will be granted impressive views of Cronin Peak, Grizzly Mountain, Mount Mamma, and Boulder Mountain that hem the basin. Though taxing, the views from the trail’s culmination prove worth the effort. This versatile trail is open year-round; just trade your hiking boots for snowshoes in the winter. Note that the route is subject to seasonal vehicle closures, so check the bulletin at the trailhead.

Embark on your adventure along the Baldwin Lakes Trail from the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead. From here, track southeast along County Road 277. This section of the route will guide adventurers over several alpine creeks before encountering an intersection. At the fork, keep left, and you will be diverted south along Baldwin Creek. Hike the semi-forested route and let the meditative ambiance of the alpine stream lull you into a state of relaxation before confronting another junction. Keep right here, and you will shortly graduate from the timberline.

Admire the vibrancy of the alpine tundra’s vegetation as you trek up the increasingly rocky and steep terrain to the mountain basin. Revel in the views of the looming snow-capped peaks as you near the lakes. Soon you will summit the ridge; explore the blue-hued lakes that litter the basin, and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly waters. Take a break as you appreciate the expansive vistas, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Baldwin Lakes Trail Trailhead

The Baldwin Lakes Trail departs from the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead off County Road 162.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    June-September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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