Marvine Lake Trail

Flat Tops + White River Plateau, Colorado

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Marvine Lake Trail


  • Sign-in log at the trailhead.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Marvine Lake Trailhead marker.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Fall foilage in mid-September along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • River winding along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Golden aspen leaves.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Singletrack section of trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • The Marvine Lake Trail is singletrack for much of the way.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Aspen trees.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • The trail boasts many colors in the fall.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Golden aspens along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • A wider doubletrack section of trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Beautiful open views on an early section of trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Fall colors along the Marvine Lake Trail.- Marvine Lake Trail
  • Arrival at Marvine Lake.- Marvine Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Fall foliage. Well defined trail. Frequent water crossings. Large lakes.
Trailhead is far away.
Flat Tops + White River Plateau, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,144.00 ft (348.69 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
12.18 mi (19.60 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,164.00 ft (2,488.39 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


This trailhead is nestled in the western Flat Tops with two Forest Service campgrounds within a half mile. The trail is well defined and alternates from singletrack to a width sufficient for two or three people. The first mile leads through rolling forest and then opens up to a valley that you will continue along for the next 3 miles. The canyons on either side of the valley boast fantastic scenery, especially by the middle of September when the fall colors are particularly superb. You will encounter approximately six river crossings along the way; some require rock hopping, while others require balancing on log bridges. For the last 2 miles of the hike the trail turns slightly steeper (but no more than a moderate slope) and follows under pine and aspen groves for a bit more shade. Finally the trail arrives at Marvine Lake, which is large and emerald in color and is a great spot for a rest. Backcountry camping sites are located off trail just before arriving at Marvine Lake for those who want an overnight trip. Otherwise, head back the way you came for a there-and-back day trip.

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