James Peak Lake Trail

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From the James Peak Lake Trailhead, the James Peak Lake Trail drops 500 feet into the James Peak Wilderness to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the east face of James Peak. The steep trail follows the remains of a wagon road across loose rock.

To get to James Peak Lake, follow the wagon road to the left at the Ute Trail intersection, near the treeline. Following the Ute Trail to the right (north) leads to Little Echo Lake and to the Continental Divide on the shoulder of James Peak.

Permit Info: No permits are required at this time.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301


From Rollinsville on Colorado Highway 119, turn west onto County Road 16 head and west for approximately five miles.At the town of Tolland, turn left onto Mammoth Gulch (County Road 4N).After 3.5 miles take a right onto National Forest System Road 353. This is a rough, native surface road not plowed in the winter. Only high clearance vehicles with 4WD are recommended. Follow NFSR 353 west for 3.3 miles to James Peak Lake Trailhead.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This trail is within the James Peak Wilderness Area. It drops steeply into the valley below the east face of James Peak. Destinations include James Peak Lake and Little Echo Lake. This trail intersects the Ute Trail.

Fire Information Campfires are prohibited year-round.
Elevation desc The trail is steep, dropping 500 feet in 1/2 mile.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Area/Length : 
James Peak Lake Trailhead to: James Peak Lake – 1.1 miles; to Little Echo Lake – .9 miles. (One way)


  • Trail Measurement: 1.1 and 0.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 395113N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053959W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.8535983
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6663919
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,389 to 3,523
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,120 to 11,560

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    1.1 and 0.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    11,120 to 11,560
  • Elevation in Meters
    3,389 to 3,523
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