Pear Lake – 12.8mi / 20.6km
Nestled right below the stately east face of Copeland Mountain, this former reservoir offers serenity in an impressive setting.
The trail climbs up and over a forested ridge then works its way up through the trees with limited views to Finch Lake (see Finch Lake in 5-10 Miles for description). From Finch Lake, you travel through more quiet forests, passing a few ponds along the way.
You crest a small rise and enter into Pear Lake’s basin. Copeland Mountain’s steep granite cliffs tower above you while Ogalalla Peak rises further up the drainage. This small lake still shows the “bathtub ring” from when it was a reservoir, but is lovely nonetheless.
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: 2,750ft / 825m – Elevation Loss: 2,750ft / 825m