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Monarch Lake

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance to Feature: 4.2 Miles to Complete Loop

Elevation: 223 ft.

Bathrooms: Yes

Dogs: Permitted, on Leash

Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for antique logging machinery

Distance to Features: 16.3 Miles to Mirror Lake & Crater Lake



Monarch Lake is one of the prettiest lakes in Colorado with hiking trails, mountain views and camping nearby. Thanks to the lake’s proximity to the parking area, it is a popular place for non-motorized boating activities. It is also a great place for fishing and for hiking with dogs (on leash only). The four-mile Monarch Lake Loop trail, which hugs the curves of the lake shore, is one of the best easy day hikes in the Grand Lake area. The trailhead also offers access to a network of trails in the rugged Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, including the Continental Divide Trail hike.