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    Swamp Lake Trail

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    10.9 km
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    434 m
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    Contrary to its name, the Swamp Lake Trail is one of the most picturesque subalpine adventures in the Sawatch Mountain Range. This stunning excursion has limited elevation gain, manageable terrain, and incredible views, making it ideal for hikers of almost all skill levels… so what are you waiting for?

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    Route Description for Swamp Lake Trail

    Unfortunately, the Swamp Lake Trail fails to live up to its name. Though the woodland path guides hikers to a collection of lakes, they are anything but swampy. Instead, the inviting swamps are clear, encircled with lush vegetation, and on calm days, they mirror the impressive snow-capped summits that sit in the background. Open year-round, this trek is a crowd favorite when it comes to snowshoeing. With the perfect ratio between tree shade, exposed meadowlands, manageable terrain, and epic mountain views, how could you go wrong? Though beautiful all year, we may have to agree with the majority, the snow-cloaked terrain creates a magical ambiance.

    Embark on your adventure along the Swamp Lakes Trail from the Kearney Park Trailhead. From here, head west along the Kearney Park Trail, guiding hikers below the timberline. Traveling west, the path will soon enter the Mount Massive Wilderness. Eventually, you will encounter an intersection at Kearney Park. Here, keep left and you will be diverted onto the Swamp Lake Trail.

    Enjoy the shade of sweet-smelling pines as you near the lakes. Soon you will encounter the charming waters. Explore the shores of the lakes and revel in the grandeur of the snow-capped peaks that sit in the background. Admire the scenery, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Swamp Lake Trail Trailhead

    The Swamp Lake Trail departs from the Kearney Park Trailhead off State Highway 300.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Dispersed Backcountry Camping

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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