One of Colorado’s nice surprises, this lightly used trail is ideal for those who enjoy hiking along briskly flowing creeks. The Colorado mountains are full of nice surprises. Here is a fine trail to a lovely high lake, which is relatively unknown. The views become inspiring as you arrive at timberline at the head of the gulch. Argentine Peak looms impressively to the north-northeast of the lake, as does Square Top Mountain to the east-northeast. Decatur Mountain lies above and west of the lake. Mountain goats patrol the heights behind the lake, part of a expanding band that roams the Divide between Square Top Mountain and Loveland Pass. By Week 32, there is a beautiful, midsummer display of wildflowers along the final stretch of the trail. Fishing at the lake is rated as good for cutthroat trout. Return in the fall, when all of the Geneva Creek valley puts on its best colors.
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Directions to: Shelf Lakeprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,552 ft|
|Duration||102 minutes up, 75 minutes down|
|Season||Mid-June to early October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,138 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,960 ft|
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