Located In RMNP, you can enter from Estes Park Or Grand Lake on each end of the park. The fantastic scenery experience through either way you travel usually depends on the weather since you would go over trail ridge road from the grand lake entrance. The Easiest Sprague lake parking is on Bear Lake Road, One Mile west of the park, and rides shuttle where you can use the bathroom.
Pack your hiking gear before you set out on the trail. Make sure to pack some snacks or lunch, water, and sunscreen for when things get hot in the summer months! You’ll also need proper footwear—hiking shoes are preferred. Still, sneakers will do. Once finished loading up that backpack of yours, head over towards your local vital outdoors where we can outfit both humans AND pups properly pre-go.” Dogs are also welcome, but they must be kept on a leash.
The East Portal Trail offers a moderate-level hike initiating in the Estes Park.
It covers a total of 6.3 miles along the Emerald Mountain – quite long, yes! But the Sprague Lake is situated at the center (which also happens to be the peak) of the trail, meaning you can reach it after a 3-mile hike.
Hiking to Sprague Lake means you’ll have to go against gravity for an elevation of 8,688 feet. However, when you continue hiking until the end it will be relatively more straightforward, but it can get challenging staying steady on rocky track so carry the hiking pole along!
Once you reach Sprague lake, you can take the 0.9-mile, easy loop-hike around it, which won’t take you more than an hour.
With a minor elevation of 8,690 feet, it offers pristine views of mountains, glaciers, and aspen groves.
If you have the time and energy for another short and leveled hike on a gravel surface, the Sprague Lake loop is a great option. Plus, you can expect to have a bunch of photos for your Instagram as you end the hike – it’s a beautiful one!
The trail to Sprague Lake is short, but you know what that means – you’ll get to witness heaps of scenic views and stunning wildlife occasionally. Sprague lake to bear lake is a bit further. Here are a few you can expect to see:
The Sprague Lake (located at a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Denver) and its trail are accessible year-round.
But remember that your four-legged companions aren’t allowed to accompany you on your hike – quite a bummer!
f you’re someone who seeks some fun and adventure, it’s about time you pack your bags and head to Sprague Lake via the East Portal Trail – Happy hiking!