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Sandbeach Lake – 8.7mi / 14.1km
Nestled below the southern flank of Mt. Meeker lies a quiet lake with a unique, sandy beach.
You begin by climbing up onto Copeland Moraine through a forest of large, ponderosa pines full of forest birds. The grade eases somewhat as you skirt below Lookout Mountain. Keep your eyes peeled above for the mountain’s interesting rock formations.
From here on, it’s a steeper climb through the forest up to the lake with only a brief respite as you move from the Campers Creek drainage to the Hunters Creek drainage. You emerge from the forest onto the sandy shores of the small lake. Multiple creeks feed the lake. Mt. Meeker towers above while distant mountains stretch out to the south.
Trailhead: From Colorado Hwy 7, just north of Allenspark, turn onto Wild Basin Road. Immediately after passing through the entrance station, park in the parking lot at the trailhead on your right.
Elevation Gain: 2,050ft / 615m – Elevation Loss: 2,050ft / 615m