Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
970.00 ft (295.66 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
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The Cave Lake Overlook Loop Trail is a moderately steep trail in Cave Lake State Park that gains about 900 feet in elevation, quickly rising to cool mountainous air and beautiful views across the lake and state park area.

Beginning at a trailhead on the upstream side of Cave Lake, the loop trail very quickly reaches a shady section and offers the option of hiking in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The more gradual uphill slopes would be hiking in a clockwise direction. While the incline and decline do offer sporadic benches to rest or take in the views on and sporadic tree coverage, this area tends to be exposed to the high-elevation sun. There is no water located along the hike itself. In all, the trail covers about 4 miles and offers amazing views over the lake, not to mention almost non-existent crowds compared to those flocking to the lakeside and day-use areas.

Trash and a vault toilet are located at the trailhead parking area. One of the best parts of the hike is having the lake immediately accessible for a cool off swim upon reaching the bottom.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Epic views. Low traffic.

Cons

Doesn't reach summit.

Trailhead Elevation

7,280.00 ft (2,218.94 m)

Highest point

8,189.00 ft (2,496.01 m)

Net Elevation Gain

900.00 ft (274.32 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Fishing
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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