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Lower Marvine Lake Trail

Flat Tops + White River Plateau, Colorado

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  • Sign-in log at the trailhead.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Marvine Lake Trailhead marker.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Fall foliage on the Lower Marvine Lake Trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Fall foilage in mid-September along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • River winding along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Golden aspen leaves.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Singletrack section of trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • The Marvine Lake Trail is singletrack for much of the way.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Aspen trees.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • The trail boasts many colors in the fall.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Golden aspens along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • A wider doubletrack section of trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Beautiful open views on an early section of trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Golden leaves.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Many small river/water crossings on the trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Fall colors along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
  • Arrival at Marvine Lake.- Lower Marvine Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fall foliage. Well defined trail. Frequent water crossings. Large lakes.
Cons: 
The trailhead is far away from cities.
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Region:
Flat Tops + White River Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
9,308.00 ft (2,837.08 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,144.00 ft (348.69 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
12.18 mi (19.60 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,835.00 ft (559.31 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,164.00 ft (2,488.39 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Those willing to make a scenic drive through the White River Widlerness will be rewarded with a quiet hike and scenic foliage. From the trailhead, cross a meadow south of the parking area, then ascend into the Flat Tops Wilderness after about 0.5 miles. Follow the Marvine Creek through a narrow valley until views open wide into an open meadow. Continue on the singletrack trail through stunning aspen, fir, and pine trees. After 6 miles you will reach Marvine Lake, which is great for a scenic stop or a fishing break. Retrace your steps back to the parking area back to your car.

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