Located In RMNP you can enter from Estes Park Or Grand Lake on each end of the park. The amazing scenery experience through either way you travel is usually depending on the weather since you would go over trail ridge road from the grand lake entrance.
Before you leave for your hiking adventure, make sure you have proper hiking shoes, sunscreen, plenty of drinking water, and you may as well pack some snacks or a lunch. Bathrooms will be available. 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.
Reaching Sprague Lake means you’ll have to go against gravity for an elevation of 8,688 feet.
If you decide to continue the hike till the end of the trail, it’ll be relatively easier as the other half requires only descent. But it can get challenging to stay steady on the rocky track, so you better watch your step (and perhaps carry a 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 long, but you know what that means – you’ll get to witness heaps of scenic views and stunning structures. 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!