Hope Lake is a beautiful alpine lake nestled above Trout Lake and just below neighboring 13,752 foot San Miguel Peak. This is one of our favorite hikes, with wildflowers and sweeping views all along the way! Expect this trail to be fairly busy during the summer months with limited parking.
Distance: 3.3 miles one way
Elevation Gain: Approx. 1,500 feet
Time: Approx. 2 hours one way
From Telluride, travel three miles west on Highway 145. Turn left onto Highway 145 South towards Mountain Village. Follow for 8.5 miles and turn left onto County Road 63A towards Trout Lake and Priest Lake. Proceed for approximately 1.7 miles until you reach //Forest Service Road #627 (marked as "Hope Lake"). Proceed up this rocky road for approximately 2.5 miles to the Hope Lake Trailhead. High clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles recommended.