Great short hike with spectacular views of James peak, with an awesome hike around James Peak Lake. Our Jeep got stuck while driving up this. Other than the first pitch down from the parking area, the hike is pretty tame. Parking at lot 1 was easy at 7am but there were no envelopes to pay the fee. We opted for the next road up, the county road. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. James was the first botanist to describe many of the plants of the Rocky Mountains. The trail is difficult and offers some nice camping and backpacking opportunities. beautiful trail and the lakes are clear. Just head in the direction of the lake and you will find it eventually. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. Getting here is a bit gnarly, the road is definitely for high clearance vehicles. James Peak Trail is a 12.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Lakes are melted. What I have found is that the South Boulder Creek trail is incredibly difficult to follow. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Compare elevation, range, calories and other trail metrics. The Heart Lake Trail, Forest Lakes Trail, and Crater Lakes Trail are all part of the James Peak Wilderness Area with their trailheads located at the Moffat Tunnel East Portal about 8 miles west of Rollinsville, Co, on the well-groomed dirt Tolland Road (also called East Portal Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail, Crater Lakes Trail via South Boulder Creek Trail, Lower Crater Lakes via South Boulder Creek Trail, James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake, Arapaho Lakes via Rogers Pass Trail and Forest Lakes Trail, Continental Divide: Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass, Kingston Spur East via St. Mary's Glacier [CLOSED]. Be careful not to follow the Jeep trails because they are misleading. The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. There are several trail junctions marked only with cairns; at each of these, turn toward the summit. As you are likely aware (since you’re reading this) this becomes even more challenging after a good snow storm. There are a few large rocks on the road that most likely would be un-passable via car. Really busy through st Mary’s but the crowds dispersed right after. James Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for James Peak is: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Mon nightTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -8°C on Thu morning, min -21°C on Tue morning)Winds increasing (calm on Mon night, near gales from the NW by Wed afternoon). On the way out I saw a Subaru, a few minutes later I saw them in my review mirror following me out. If you can make it to the top of the glacier, you can make it all the way (just might take a while). I think calling St Mary’s Glacier a glacier is too generous. There is a $5 fee to park at this trailhead. From the trailhead, the James Peak Lake Trail drops 500' over a half-mile to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the steep eastern face of James Peak. snowshoes might be helpful as you get into the higher basin as the snow is very deep and there were some points where I was knee deep in snow, but I did the whole thing in just crampons and it was mostly fine. Overall a great trail, the distance is deceiving with the elevation in general and the elevation change. nice to descend in the beginning of the hike but the hike out was a lung burner. Overall, definitely worth going up until you can get some cool shots of the five lakes; up to you if it's worth going all the way up to the top of James Peak. When you reach the base of the obvious face of James Peak, which is a mix of tundra and rocks, the trail makes easy switchbacks but at a steeper grade. The highlight of the trail, at least for us, wasn't the peak, but rather the views along the way. There are several trail junctions marked only with cairns; at each of these, turn toward the summit. It was crazy. By Terri Cook • June 26, 2018. I brought my microspikes but never needed to use them. James Peak Lake Trail is a 5.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. There is approximately 20 miles of trail. In order to reach this trail, you’ll need to head southeast of Highway 40 to Rollin’s Pass Road, also labeled as County Road 80 or Forest Road 149. From CO-119, turn left onto Cnty Rd 16, Tolland Rd and head west for 5 miles. North Crater Lake, a highlight of the James Peak Wilderness near Rollinsville Credit: Terri Cook Adventure Hike We Like: Crater Lakes. 2.5mi Nearby Ski Lines. ... Winter Park and Mary Jane ski areas as seen by looking northwest from the summit of James Peak. James Peak and vicinity has recently been made into a Wilderness Area. absolutely beautiful! The first mile or so to St. Mary’s Glacier was nice and mellow with a gradual incline. James Peak Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. very steep, very rocky at first. We had maps downloaded to keep us on track as there were several off-shoots; the trail butts up to private land. It's almost inaccessible unless you have a HIGH clearance 4WD vehicle. There was still some snow on the trail. From CO-119 in Rollinsville, turn left onto Cnty Rd 16, Tolland Rd and head west for 5 miles. That being said, this is a 13er and the altitude and exposure to … When we came back down around 12:30pm, it was shocking how crowded it was around the glacier, lake, and parking!!!! Hike was great. The views are phenomenal and and with a small add on you could venture over to Little Echo Lake. Trail is clear of snow, but there are still a couple of pockets of snow in the shade along the trail. This is a jeep trail with 5 miles of flat trail to warm up on and then an easy steady 8 mile climb to the top. Crater Lakes Trail – James Peak Wilderness. Length: 6 miles round-trip James is a peak of many options, with easy walks, a technical east face and an interesting ridge walk from neighboring Mount Bancroft. It is an extremely popular peak and is a common first ascent for those who are interested in ski mountaineering. Download the free Empire topo map. started at 6:30 (I would highly recommend getting there early) and we were one of 3 cars in the upper lot. As in there isn't a trail at all at some point. If taking the road from Rollinsville, I would recommend a pickup and 4x4 just for peace of mind. Was here last weekend and they're aren't opening the pass until the July 15th.There's still one snow drift but great views and the lake is no longer frozen. The trail moves quickly through an expanding landscape to the base of James Peak, where it bends south and steepens up its east face (2.5 miles : 11,818'). Stock 4Runner had no problems driving in. way back down was nice but the glacier was rediculously crowded, it didn't help that no one was wearing masks. But, being my first time to the area, I don't know for sure. Get ready for about 20-30 minutes of rough rocky terrain before you even get to the trailhead. The James Peak Lake Trail is located 9.0 miles from Central City, Colorado (CO) in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest. James Peak Lake Trail– A short downhill hike to James Lake, nestled at the bottom of 13,294 ft. high James Peak. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Beautiful trail, parked at saint marys glacier lot and it was about 4 hrs round trip. Bring your backpack with a few snacks and some water, and take advantage of this beautiful hike especially in the fall when the aspen trees are changing colors. we ended up parking at the "seasonal road" sign and hiking into the trail head on 353. that worked well, we just needed to move over for dirt bikes and 4x4s as we approached the trail. Hiking in Colorado - James Peak - Colorado mountain hiking and trail photos. Breckinridge Peak and Mount Flora via North Empire Creek, Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail, Crater Lakes Trail via South Boulder Creek Trail, James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake, Arapaho Lakes via Rogers Pass Trail and Forest Lakes Trail, Continental Divide: Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass, Kingston Spur East via St. Mary's Glacier [CLOSED]. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Hiking trip report for James Peak, Parry Peak, Mount Eva, Mount Flora Loop, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. The trail at one point grazes the vertical east face of the peak, giving a dramatic alpine view. Nearby Peak Searches: Radius Search - Nearest Peaks to James Peak Elevation Ladder from James Peak Prominence Ladder from James Peak James Peak on … The area's elevation ranges from 9,200 to 13,294 feet. A run that goes directly from Rogers Pass to Rollins Pass, skipping the trip to James Peak, will measure 16 miles. Length 3.1 miElevation gain 807 ftRoute type Loop The trail head for the Crater Lakes hike in the James Peak wilderness is close by for a nice day hike up to two beautiful high Mountain Lakes. We arrived at 7am. It is located on the east side of the Continental Divide, between Beuthold Pass to the south and Rollins Pass to the north. 353 and continue for 3.3 miles to the James Peak Lake Trail. There is car traffic but it is low, maybe 1 car every half hour. 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