Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is an area I have passed many time but never stopped at. I was always looking for higher elevation areas to hike. At the end of May, 2021, I went to the park ready to hike a longer higher elevation trail, but I could not find parking. The Park and Ride wasn’t operating yet so I finally decided I would hike where I could find a close parking spot. Sprague Lake was the place and I am glad that I checked it out!
Sprague Lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park 6.3 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance. It is located off of Bear Lake Road. Just follow US 36 W from Estes Park, enter the visitor center and then follow Bear Lake Road.
Hiking Around the Lake
Sprague Lake is an easy loop trail hike regardless, it is still a beautiful hike. Once finding a place to park, the hike mapped out at just over 1 mile on my Fitbit. The trail is well packed and is also rated as wheel chair accessible . It is a flat trail so there isn’t really any elevation to worry about. The lake itself is beautiful and people not only were enjoying hiking around it, but there were some people fishing there as well. I also spotted a lot of ducks, including the family of ducks in the photo below.
All in all I enjoyed Sprague Lake in and the short but scenic hike is perfect for enjoying Colorado. It was a great day and also a beautiful hike. The weather was perfect and even though the parking lot was full, the trail did not seem crowded. All in all, this is a great hike for all levels and there were many families with small children enjoying this trail.