Indian Peaks Hikes

Hikers in Colorado love hiking the trails of Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Indian Peaks is named after the fact that all the peaks are named after different Native American Tribes. Their proximity to both Denver and Boulder make them easily accessible and very popular with local hikers and travelers alike.

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THE TOP 10 HIKES ALONG THE INDIAN PEAKS

This list showcases the Indian Peaks great strengths. It has sharp, striking mountains that look gritty and tough. It also has many beautiful lakes resting at the base of those mountains. Our 10 Best hikes has a handful of gruelling, long, tough hikes with lots of elevation and amazing views. Our list also has fun, family friendly hikes that take advantage of all the awesome lakes in this region. As always, we’ve crafted a list that has something for everyone. There are even a number of hikes that let you take an on-leash dog on the trail!

#1. Lone Eagle Peak (23.3km, 624m, 6-8h): It’s a rugged hike, but it’s also one of the best hikes in Colorado. You’ll walk past many waterfalls including Cascade Falls. At the end you’ll see Lone Eagle Peak towering over Mirror Lake and dominating the mountain landscape. This beautiful reflection makes it one of the most scenic views in Colorado.

#2. Arapaho Glacier Trail (20km, 851m, 5-7h): The hike on this high alpine trail leads you to an overlook of Arapaho Glacier and one of the best views of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks. The Trail ends at the saddle of South Arapaho Peak. It’s a tough hike though; you’ll want to bring hiking poles for this one.

#3. Lake Dorothy (12.1km, 851m, 4-6h): This hike through the Indian Peaks has an awesome reward: Lake Dorothy. Lake Dorothy is a beautiful alpine lake at the base of Mount Neva. The stunning mountain backdrop of Mount Neva is something special.

#4. Lake Isabelle Trail (15.1km, 354m, 4-6h): This hike needs to be done in the morning because being one of the best trails in the Indian Peaks means a busy parking lot; however, this beautiful alpine lake with views of the Isabelle Glacier is worth the trouble.

#5. Lost Lake (6.4km, 248m, 2-3h): This is a popular, family-friendly hike, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. Lost Lake is a moderately easy hike that begins at the historic Hessie Townsite (an old mining town, high in the Rocky Mountains). This hike offers a lot of bang for the buck: not too much work for a lot of great sights.

#6. Pawnee Pass (16.1km, 529m, 5-6.5h): This is a burly hike that can be done as either a long day-hike, or it can be stretched out into a multi-day backcountry camping trip, with access to the Continental Divide. There’s lots of elevation to be gained, so be prepared.

#7. Long Lake Trail (5km, 38m, 1.5-2.5h): This is a short and relatively easy hike with mild elevation gain. What’s even better is that it also offers amazing views around a scenic, lower alpine lake. This is a hike for all ages.

#8. Blue Lake Trail (6km, 195m, 2-3h): This awesome hike takes you through some of the best alpine meadows in the region. We hope you like wildflowers because in the summer this trail has them in spades. To top it off, the grand finale of this trek is the beautiful Blue Lake with Mount Toll sitting in the background.

#9. Diamond Lake Trail (9.2km, 361m, 3-4.5h): This is a nice, half-day hike that takes you out to a crystal clear alpine lake with stunning mountain views. We love this longer hike because the terrain is exciting, and Diamond Lake is remarkable. We recommend putting in the hours for this trek. It’s worth it.

#10. Rainbow Lakes Trail (4.3km, 84m, 1.5-2.5h): This is a nice family friendly hike that will – in a short amount of time – take you to four scenic mountain lakes. The trailhead leaves at the Rainbow Lakes Campground, so if you want to plan a trip with the kids, this is a great activity to wear off all those s’mores you ate the night before.

01. Lone Eagle Peak

01. Lone Eagle Peak

  • Difficulty
  • 23.3km
  • 624m
  • 6-8h

02. Arapaho Glacier Trail

02. Arapaho Glacier Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 20km
  • 851m
  • 5-7h

03. Lake Dorothy

03. Lake Dorothy

  • Difficulty
  • 12.1km
  • 594m
  • 4-6h

04. Lake Isabelle Trail

04. Lake Isabelle Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 15.1km
  • 354m
  • 4-6h

05. Lost Lake

05. Lost Lake

  • Difficulty
  • 6.4km
  • 248m
  • 2-3h

06. Pawnee Pass

06. Pawnee Pass

  • Difficulty
  • 16.1km
  • 529m
  • 5-6.5h

07. Long Lake Trail

07. Long Lake Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 5km
  • 38m
  • 1.5-2.5h

08. Blue Lake Trail

08. Blue Lake Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 195m
  • 2-3h

09. Diamond Lake Trail

09. Diamond Lake Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 9.2km
  • 361m
  • 3-4.5h

10. Rainbow Lake Trail

10. Rainbow Lake Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 4.3km
  • 84m
  • 1.5-2.5h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir