Crater Lakes via Moffat Tunnel East Portal

Route
on Moffat Tunnel and South Boulder Creek in Roosevelt National Forest, CO
  • Total Length
    5.9mi
  • Ascent
    2,184ft
  • Difficulty
    Moderate

A highly trafficked out and back trail to the Crater Lakes and the alpine lake above them. The two lakes are extremely picturesque with easily traversable flat terrain around them. The first 2 miles of this trail climbs very gradually and only contains about 1/2 mile of steady steeper climbing at the end to reach the two lakes. The optional climb to the alpine lake is quite steep but very short and offers a fantastic view of the two Crater Lakes and valley below.

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  • Hiking
  • Out & Back
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1
Trailhead

A trailhead with ample parking and the  Moffat Tunnel East Portal

2
Lake

2 calm near-alpine lakes with lots of flat surrounding terrain

Continue Hiking
For 0.4mi
Steep trail up to alpine like
Continue Hiking
For 0.4mi
Steep trail down from alpine lake. Expect spectacular views of the Crater Lakes and surrounding valley below.
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