Attractions and Considerations:
This area was affected by a large tree blowdown. Contact the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District for current conditions.
This trail and area are popular and receive heavy use. Three Island Lake is not suggested as a destination for camping. Because of overuse impacts, regulations do not permit camping near the lake. Camping off the trail nearer the Continental Divide offers the greatest solitude and short hikes can be taken to enjoy the lake.
NARRATIVE : The trail begins in aspen, climbing gradually upward to spruce and fir with some lodgepole pine. At Lookout Rock there is a good view of the South Fork of the Elk River Valley The hiker continues on to the lake with its three islands. The trail travels past the lake, past Beaver Lake (not visible from the trail) up a rocky section, opening to high meadows and up to the Divide.
LEAVE NO TRACE
As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.
Directions: From Steamboat Springs, ACCESS #2 : Travel up Buffalo Pass Road to Summit Lake Campground and walk the Wyoming Trail #1101 (Continental Divide Trail) north for 11 miles to the Three Island Lake area.
Elevation: 8,150 feet
Ending Elevation: 10,950 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Usage: Very Heavy
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