South Park Trail (TR 600) to Square Top Lakes
Updated on March 1, 2012 by Mary Norton
DifficultyModerate plus elevation gain approximately 700 ft. (some areas of steep trail)
Trail Length4 mile round trip
A beautiful, tundra hike to two glacial lakes. The views and the wildflowers along this trail are some of Colorado’s finest. The trail begins at the west Guanella Pass parking lot and travels south above treeline. The entire trail is without trees which allows you 360 degree views the entire hike.
The trail has a slow and steady incline up toward the two small glacial lakes at the base of Square Top Mountain. The trail is well traveled and it is best to hike early before the afternoon storms roll in. There are a multitude of wild flowers in summer that bloom all along the trail adding to the fantastic surroundings.
Best time of year to hike is mid-summer when all the snow has melted. The trailhead is at the peak of Guanella Pass Rd. Restrooms available at parking area.
For Guanella Pass Road Seasonal Conditions and Closure times click Colorado Dept. of Transport
DirectionsClick map below for directions.
AttractionsHistoric Georgetown offer shops and cafes along main street as well as a park. We enjoy the homemade ice cream at the Georgetown Valley Candy Company. Need a place to stay near this hike? Try Hotel Chateau Chamonix in this histroic, Victorian town of Georgetown, Rose Street Bed and Breakfast, Silver Queen Bed and Breakfast, OR The Horstmann House Bed and Breakfast.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up here, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.