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Colorado Trails

Traverse Wildflower Meadows Between Alpine Lakes in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness

This 10.5-mile out and back promises wildflower drenched meadows, stunning vistas, and two pristine alpine lakes perfect for a cold dip or sunrise photo op.

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The trailhead may be popular, but don’t let that dissuade you; the trail itself is excellent. Plan on arriving early in the morning to secure a parking space along Fourth of July road and begin this route with a steady 0.5-mile climb along a jeep road littered with loose gravel and ankle-breaking boulders.

In 1.4 miles cross over North Fork Middle Boulder Creek onto Woodland Lake Trail and continue steadily climbing under a thick canopy of aspen and old growth spruce. During early summer months the trail is littered with seasonal wildflowers, including Indian paintbrush and columbine..

At mile 4.5 emerge from the tree line to find Woodland Lake to the south. Drink in views of the valley below before continuing another .6 mile to Skyscraper Reservoir. The 12 acre reservoir is packed with cutthroat trout and framed by Skyscraper Peak (12,383 ft.) to the west. Several off-trail routes lead up to the peak, but a good topo map and navigation skills are required. Looking to extend your stay? You can camp between Woodland Lake and Skyscraper Reservoir (use established sites). To return, simply execute a u-turn and follow the route back to your car.

Info Indian Peaks Wilderness Permit Required for overnight stays

~ Mapped by Tim Shisler

Trip Photos

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Skyscraper Reservoir

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Private property flanks the early portions of the trail

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Headed into the evergreen forest

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There are many seasonal streams to cross on the route, especially in early summer

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Wildflowers along the trail’s edge

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A lone wildflower catches the sun

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There are several waterfalls along the trail to Woodland Lake

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At the shore of Woodland Lake