Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Trail Information

Trail Name: Eleven Mile State Park LoopEleven Mile State Park Loop

Location: S.W. of Lake George, Colorado

Date: March 19, 2020

Time at the Trail Head: 7:00 am

Trail Length: 3.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 413 feet

Elev. at Trail Head: 8,594 feet

# of Hikers Passed: 9

# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0

# of Horses Passed: 0

Mosquitoes: 0

Trail Research

There has been a particular trail on my mind for some time at a lake near Lake George, Colorado, but I didn’t think it could really be that pretty. It is an easy hike but there is a lot of flat land to the west of the lake so I wasn’t really interested in it. However, some of the pictures I saw did look beautiful, so I finally did some more research on AllTrails to plan a hike to Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir.

Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir

You can see this trail is rated as easy and is no more then 3.4 miles long. You can actually make the hike shorter or longer, depending on how much you want to explore.

Drive to the Trail

I love making this drive through Colorado Springs, and on out to the west to Lake George. The first picture is of an earlier trip to the same area when there was more snow but this is the location where you would turn to the south and head out to the lake.

Hiking trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Hiking trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Hiking trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop

This next photo is what you would see coming in from the west to Lake George.

Hiking trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Our Day on the Trail

The day didn’t start out very promising as my buddy Omeed, slept through his alarm clock. He was supposed to meet us at my place to start the trip at 4:30 am but after many calls and texts, we still had not heard from him at 5:10 am. Well, we loaded up and hit the road and before we got out of our neighborhood, he called, apologizing profusely. We gave him time to get his but out of his house and found a place to meet at a parking lot on the way.

I nearly didn’t forgive him, but since he has been a friend for more than a few days, I gave him a break. I’m glad it all worked out because this became one of the most fun hikes we have had to date here in Colorado…and it had nothing to do with Omeed being there.

Rick and Omeed

We arrived at the trailhead bright and early, but not nearly as early as I would have liked…thanks Omeed!

There were only a few people there. The wind was light, the weather was incredible and the lake was nearly smooth.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop Trailhead

There were some bathroom facilities here and they were unlocked. Be prepared because they are not always open until the summer months.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop Trailhead

Immediately after we set off on our hike, we could see this was going to be a classic but incredible hike. Incredible from the images you’ll see, but classic in the amount of jokes that were being hurled at each other. My kids couldn’t stop laughing because they have never seen so many insults being given to friends.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We were also greeted by two friendly geese.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

The trails are really well maintained here and there are steps constructed in multiple areas along the trail, which makes walking easier.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We were following the trail and started to seem some amazing views and this is about the time I realized we were in for some incredible views.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

There are picnic areas and great camping areas all around this park and they are tucked back into secluded areas so they are not right next to each other. Omeed was doing his best to pose for the camera.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

This next area of the hike was absolutely magnificent.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We were having a great time exploring the shoreline and had gotten off the trail many times. We even had time to sit and enjoy the incredible views.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We noticed a lot of seagulls flying around, which we thought were mostly at the ocean but they had taken over an island out in the middle of the lake.

Seagulls on Eleven Mile Reservoir

We kept on hiking and exploring and came across more beautiful locations.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

I would strongly recommend you go off trail here and explore yourself. Many of these great views were not along the trail but at the waters edge.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

I’ve decided I want to build my future ranch on the far side of the lake.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We kept coming across these inlets where the wind was calm and the water glassy or calm.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Wow, can you believe the beauty here?

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Things were looking great and then Omeed ruined the moment and asked me to take a picture of him.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

My kids don’t care about being in pictures but I take some of them any way.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Here are some more beautiful photos.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

My kids had decided to go off and mess around with some of the remaining blocks of ice on the lake so I had a few minutes to enjoy to peace and quiet.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

My peace and quiet was disrupted when I saw my kids carrying slabs off to where I was standing. This may not be a big deal for many of you but it bothers me because my kids love to put ice down my back, and even though those slabs were big, I was pretty sure there would be some small pieces with them.

Kids with blocks of ice

This next photo is them enjoying themselves after they had put several pieces of ice down my back.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

I think they were still planning on putting more ice down my back in the next photo.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Well, after all of that fun, they finally stopped chasing me and enjoyed a few moments of beauty.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

It was at this point that we started heading away from the lake.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

I know these photos aren’t as pretty but I want you to get real feel of the entire trail.

Omeed started getting the gold rush fever and lifted up this rock to see if there was any gold under there. No such luck.

Omeed Looking for gold

There were still many great scenes of the lake and mountains in the background.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

We were actually getting a little tired by now and my kids found a great rock to take a nap. I just want to let you know that the young kids were not tired of waiting on the two older guys. We were not that far behind them.

Taking a nap under the tree

We were getting close to the trailhead but not before we found some more great rock outcroppings.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

For those of you who don’t know this, people will stack rocks along a trail when it is hard to see.

Eleven Mile State Park Loop

Trail Recommendations

We loved this trail. It was easy to get to, the drive was spectacular, the hike was easy and it made for hours of fun, exploring all the rocks around the lake.

Lessons Learned

You don’t have to plan a long and hard hike to have a great day. Some times, a simple hike around a lake can make the perfect day.

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Check out this short video of the Eleven Mile State Park Loop Trail on YouTube.

I would love to know if you have had any experience on this trail or have other trails you love to hike. Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email.

 

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Eleven Mile State Park Loop

9.8

Scenic Drive

10.0/10

Accessibility

10.0/10

Mountain Views

9.5/10

Lake or Stream Views

9.5/10

Well Maintained Trails

10.0/10

Pros

  • Easy Access
  • Grand Views
  • Incredible Drive
  • Beautiful Lake
  • Awesome Rocks to Explore

Cons

  • No hard trails

6 thoughts on “Hiking Trails in Colorado | Eleven Mile State Park Loop”

  1. Wow, what wonderful scenery. I can say that I have been waiting for a long time to see this article of yours, especially since lately I stayed at home because of the restrictions. It is very beautiful in Colorado, and some areas remind me of the landscapes in my country, in Romania. I can say that the picture in which you “lift” that huge stone is amazing. I think nothing is more beautiful to see a lake and mountain peaks around. I would love to have such a beautiful experience in Colorado too. 

    1. I’m glad you liked it and it is sad to see so many people restricted from travel. I know it’s different in each area and even within countries. Thankfully, the restrictions are lifting here in Colorado, but even when the restrictions were in place, we were allowed to go and enjoy the great outdoors.

      I hope this encourages you and others to get outside, even when things are happening around us. It helps me to stay more positive.

      Rick

  2. This walk looks completely idyllic (even with some ice down the back on the way). 

    Once we are able to travel again, it is our dream to head over to Colorado, so we will absolutely be putting this on our list of things to do. 

    It seems a nice gentle walk where you could still spend most of the day. There seems to be so many perfect spots to sit and enjoy the views, or the peace and tranquility, as well as enjoy a bit of a picnic too.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience, and it is great to know that you rank it so high.

    1. Hi Emma. I was actually shocked to think I would rank it high but after our visit and the fun we had, it was obvious to me.

      I also do my best to be consistent in how I rank trails. I rank five things and they are 1) Scenic Drive, 2) Accessibility, 3) Mountain Views, 4) Lake or Stream Views, and 5) Accessibility.

      A trail may be outstanding but without some water feature, I automatically rank it lower.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear about your Colorado adventure soon.

      Rick

  3. I enjoyed watching your photos especially the scenes from the lake.
    I have to admit that when I looked at the first few photos there was nothing promising. As I further reviewed the page the scenes in the photos were getting nicer and nicer. I simply had to review everything in detail to the end.
    I will definitely add this to my list of locations that I should definitely visit.
    Thanks,
    Alexander

    1. Thanks for the comments Alexander. I agree with you and that’s why it took me so long to visit this trail. I didn’t think it would be that interesting or beautiful. I have been surprised many times on trails in Colorado, so I keep trying new trails all around the state to find other great locations, even when I don’t think it will be promising.

      Rick

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