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 #1: Take HWY 40 west of town and turn right onto County Road 129, Elk River Road. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400;also County Road 64) and turn right. Go past Seedhouse Campground then turn right onto Forest Road 443. The trailhead is about 3 miles down this road.
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.
Summer through Fall
(NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather. This trail may not be accessible until well into the Summer.)