Finch Lake – 8.7mi / 13.9km
Tucked away in the Wild Basin area, this quiet lake offers views up towards Copeland Mountain.
The trail starts climbing up the north side of the ridge offering filtered views of surrounding peaks such as Mt. Meeker. After gaining about 500ft/150m, the habitat changes as it wraps around to the south-facing slope and gently descends through ponderosas, aspen, and small meadows.
Pay attention to the signs as you begin climbing more steeply, passing a few trail junctions. Views begin to open up as you traverse through younger stands of trees before dropping down into the darker forest to the edge of the lake. The small, but scenic, forested lake has boulders to perch on as you enjoy the views of the dramatic mountains in the background.
For a longer day, consider hiking to Pear Lake (see Pear Lake in 10-15 Miles for description).
Trailhead: From Colorado Hwy 7, just north of Allenspark, turn onto Wild Basin Road. The signed Finch Lake Trailhead is 1.8mi/3km past the entrance station.
Elevation Gain: 2,000ft / 600m – Elevation Loss: 2,000ft / 600m