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Luna Lake Trail is located north of Steamboat Springs in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. The trail can be accessed from either the east or the west end.

Attractions and Considerations:
There is adequate parking near Summit Lake Campground, please park in the parking lots provided, help protect the vegetation. This trail has some rough and steep spots along the way. The trail is located entirely within the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

Narrative:
The trail takes the hiker by many lakes. From Swamp Park one travels up and through wooded and rocky areas coming out into Logan Park, then on past Lake Margaret (a good side trip is to go down to Snowstorm Lake and Fish Hawk Lake; however the trail is unimproved). Continue on through the forest and before reaching Luna Lake, a trail takes off north to Big Creek Lake. This is also a good side trip for fisherman. As you reach Luna Lake, the trees thin out and you can see up to Mt. Ethel and the Divide. Luna is a beautiful lake with a sand beach, however, the water stays very cold. From Luna you can continue up to Lake Elbert (very difficult, rocky). Then follow the trail off the Divide to Lake of the Crags, and return downhill to Luna Lake. There are breathtaking views from there.

Note: ALWAYS BE WATCHFUL FOR STORMS (HAIL) IN THESE HIGH AREAS. BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER AT ALL TIMES.

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: Go north of Steamboat on the Strawberry Park Road to County Road #60 (Buffalo Pass Road) and turn right. Travel approximately 9 miles on this road to Summit Lake Campground and the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness boundary trailhead. Walk the Wyoming Trail #1101 about 6 miles to the junction of trail #1168.

Elevation: 9,120 feet

Ending Elevation: 11,150 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,030 feet

Usage: Moderate to Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

 
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Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests, Wyoming


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