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Located In Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado a .9 Trail to this fishing hole scenery is an easy trail with no major inclines and plenty of scenery.

Hiking is one of the best ways to experience all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. There are many different trails to choose from, each with its own unique scenery and challenges. The Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Hiking Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park. The trailhead is located just a short drive from the park entrance, and the trail itself is relatively flat and easy to follow. Along the way, hikers will enjoy beautiful views of Sprague Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail is also a great place to see wildlife, including elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. In addition, the Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Hiking Trail is a great choice for those looking for a relatively easy hike that still offers plenty of beauty and adventure.

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A Easy To Adventurous lake loop hike with options
Sprague Lake, RMNP, Colorado

The Drive From Denver:

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.

Optional trails Like East Portal Trail

The East Portal Trail: A Super Fun Hike To The Stunning Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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!

Sprague Lake bridge over water

The Loop-Hike Around Sprague Lake :

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 Lovely Landscapes You’ll Witness

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:

  • Fascinating vistas of the mountain Estes Cone
  • Lime green aspen trees, Christmas trees, and towering pines
  • A body of water called Boulder Brook
  • Deer, squirrels, chipmunks – in short, loads of wilderness

Fun Facts About Sprague Lake

The Sprague Lake (located at a 1 hour 40 minutes drive from Denver) and its trail are accessible year-round.

  • The lake itself is a popular fishery – you can expect to catch some good rainbow trout and largemouth bass
  • If you go early, you can enjoy some moments in seclusion and catch a mesmerizing sunrise with moose and their calves.

But remember that your four-legged companions aren’t allowed to accompany you on your hike – quite a bummer!

Ready To Hike?

Where To learn More:

You can purchase a year or day pass and visit the whole park by visiting Colorado Parks and wildlife  

You Can also see what others are saying by visiting AllTrails. 

You will see other reviews and photos and able to print out a map before heading there. 

Common questions about Sprague lake

Can You Swim in Sprague lake? No, due to protecting the fish and wildlife you can not swim in Sprague lake. 

How Long is the hike to Sprague lake? A Short hike that usually takes about 30 minutes to loop around a mile. 

Hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors and get some exercise. The Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Hiking Trail is a great option for those looking for a moderate hike with stunning scenery. The trail is just over two miles long and takes about an hour to complete. Along the way, hikers will be treated to views of the Rockies, as well as Sprague Lake itself. The trail is mostly flat, making it perfect for those who are not looking for a strenuous hike. However, there are some areas of the trail that are more challenging, providing a bit of variety. Hikers of all levels will enjoy the Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado Hiking Trail.

if 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!

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