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Windsor Lake

Distance: 2.2 miles (round trip)

Mount Massive Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, near Leadville in Central Colorado

View to the west across Windsor Lake

View to the west across Windsor Lake


This short, strenuous hike visits picturesque Windsor Lake, an alpine jewel cradled beneath the peaks and ridges along the Continental Divide in the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. (full description)

  • Distance: 2.2 miles (round trip) to Windsor Lake
  • Elevation: 10,800-ft. at Trailhead
    11,640-ft. at Windsor Lake
  • Elevation Gain: 840-ft. to Windsor Lake
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • Basecamp: Leadville
  • Region: Central Colorado

Why Hike Windsor Lake

The short hike to pretty Windsor Lake is very steep but well worth the effort. The trail heads straight uphill, gaining almost 800-ft in the first 0.8 miles. The final 0.3 miles traverses pretty alpine meadows on a gentle gradient to the rocky shores of Windsor Lake, nestled in a scenic granite basin along the eastern flank of the Continental Divide. The lake is a popular destination for fishermen and hikers looking for a nice half day hike in the Leadville area.

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Elevation Profile Windsor Lake

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