Southern Access Point:
Summit Lake Campground (Buff. Pass Road). Ley Maps CO4
Northern Access Point:
North Lake Trailhead Parking Area. Ley Maps CO3
What We Experienced:
Plenty of on-trail water and awesome lakes within a half-mile of the trail, with great opportunities for swimming and fishing.
Most of this section runs through high-alpine meadows with gentle climbs and mellow descents.
In late summer and early fall, expect to encounter plenty of wild berries to fuel you along the trail.
Leave No Trace Principles
Guthook Guide – Continental Divide Trail
U.S. Forest Service – Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests
Grade per Mile:
The mountains, lakes, streams, and creeks in this area continue to be the testing-grounds for Big Agnes product and have inspired us to become the company we are today.
After descending from North Lake, you will pass through a burn area. It is highly advised you do not camp in this area due to widow-maker danger.
Bring your valid Colorado fishing license to enjoy the plentiful fishing opportunities scattered throughout this section that are easily accessible via the trail.
Skills We Needed
• Map Navigation
• LNT Ethics
• Widow-maker Safety
* This site and routes described within contain general information about Big Agnes staff adventures in the backcountry, summer 2018. While we have made an effort to provide you with a valuable trip-planning tool, we cannot offer any assurance that this information is current, complete or even accurate – if you choose to travel these routes, do so at your own risk. Prior to setting out check local weather, trail conditions, closures, legal access points, Forest Service, BLM, or National Park rules and regulations, and other risks involved. We hope to inspire responsible backcountry and public land use, but by using our website you agree to use this information at your own risk.