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Lily Pad Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters)
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers) 4 km
Trail Number: 1907
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Nast and Mt. Champion


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General Description

This route also makes a great loop for bicycles. For a bike loop, turn left at the end of the pavement and follow the road to the left towards Hagerman Pass. Before the pass you will turn right towards Ivanhoe Lake. Follow the road around Ivanhoe Lake and down to Lily Pad Lake. From here the trail becomes single track and leads back to the Fryingpan Lakes trailhead. From the trailhead follow the gravel road back to the pavement. The views from the trail are great with lots of open meadows.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 32 miles to the end of the pavement. Most people like to park here and ride their bikes to make a loop ride, or if you are hiking the trail, you can continue to drive to the beginning of the trail. For a two and a half mile hike, turn right at the end of the pavement and drive to the end of the gravel road. The trail starts from the Fryingpan Lakes trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Winter Season: November through March (NOTE: The Lily Pad Lake Trail provides Winter access to the Betty Bear Hut in the 10th Mountain Division Hut system.) .



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Report: We started and ended at the 10th Mountain's Betty Bear Hut. Doing that we did the downhill of Lily Pad Lake first and ended the day climbing back up Hagerman Pass Road. Lily Pad Lake Trail is the only technical part of the whole loop. It's fairly steep with numerous tight switchbacks and sections of loose rocks. Gorgeous views of the Frying Pan Wilderness from Lily Pad, but you'll be watching the trail most of the time. Be warned: the trail ends in a bog at the bottom of the mountain. Be prepared to get wet! Follow directions as listed in trail description back to Betty Bear. Make sure to make that right turn off the 4-wheel drive road at the T-intersection after climbing up from Ivanhoe Lake. Otherwise, you'll end up at Hagerman Tunnel (dead-end).



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Lily Pad Lake Trail
Yes



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