A wonderful view of Longs Peak and Wild Basin is yours on this late season trip to a high country lake. Located within Rocky Mountain National Park, the day hike to Sandbeach Lake requires no park fee and pets are forbidden. For a lake hike, the elevation gain is substantial, but the trail is up to the excellent standards of a National Park. There may be some snow along the trail this late in the season (Week 45) but south facing slopes will clear away rapidly. The lake was formerly larger but the Park Service, in the wake of the 1988 Lawn Lake disaster, removed the dam at Sandbeach Lake and regraded the land to its original slope. In addition, the park planted willows along the outlet stream to create spawning habitat for reintroduction of the native greenback cutthroat trout.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,573 ft|
|Duration||115 minutes up, 95 minutes down|
|Season||Mid-May to mid-November|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,380 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,308 ft|
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