Mirror Lake, Corral Creek Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Mirror Lake - 12.2 miles
Corral Creek Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||12.2 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||10,070' - 11,015'|
|Elevation Change:||+945' net elevation gain|
Mirror Lake - 12.2 Miles Round-Trip
Mirror Lake is located 6.1 miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead in the lightly traveled northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. It lies near treeline in an isolated, steep-walled N-S valley in the Mummy Range. Visitors will enjoy large open valleys, pristine forests, abundant wildlife, and miles of remote wilderness travel on the hike to Mirror Lake:
The trail begins on a flat dirt road that soon becomes trail along a lively section of Corral Creek. It passes uneventfully through a lodgepole forest, enters Rocky Mountain National Park (1.3 miles), and breaks south into a massive valley carved by the Cache LaPoudre River.
It parallels the river for .5 miles to the Mummy Pass Trail split. Immediately south is a vast meadow fed by Hague Creek - consider detouring through this wildlife-rich area on a .7 mile long spur used to access the Hague Creek, Desolation and Flatiron backcountry campsites.
The Mummy Pass Trail climbs steadily for .75 miles in a spruce-fir forest accented by fallen timber and thick ground cover. It moderates for .5 miles, then pushes once more up a forested ridge to the Mirror Lake Trail split (4.3 miles : 10,700'). Turn north (left) towards Mirror Lake.
The Mirror Lake Trail undulates .75 miles in a thinning subalpine forest to a meadow beside Cascade Creek. It climbs past the north edge of the meadow to the Comanche Peak Trail split where you'll see a voluminous cascade two hundred yards shy of the lake.
The final quarter mile is highlighted by open rocky areas and abundant wildflowers.
Mirror Lake (6.1 miles : 11,015') is tightly ringed by several towering, unnamed peaks. The lake shore is somewhat cluttered, but easy enough to reach several good spots for fishing its healthy brown trout population. You can follow an unmaintained route up the lake's east shore and inlet stream to a small pond just north of Mirror Lake. Marked spur trails lead to several backcountry campsites in the lake vicinity.
- The northwest corner of RMNP is lightly traveled, relative to other areas of the Park. This is a good choice for those seeking solitude during peak summer months.
- The valley to the south of the Mummy Pass Trail junction is stunning. This is an especially peaceful area because no maintained trails pass through it. You can easily explore the valley by using the access trail for the Hague Creek, Desolation and Flatiron backcountry campsites. Look for moose, elk, deer and bear. Enjoy great views to the southeast of Flatiron Mountain (12,335').
Directions to Trailhead
From Fort Collins: To reach Corral Creek Trailhead, take Highway 14 up the Poudre Canyon (west of Fort Collins) to Long Draw Road. Turn on to the unpaved Long Draw Road. Corral Creek Trailhead is about 8.5 miles from Highway 14 on Long Draw Road.
Note that Long Draw Road is only open seasonally.
Rocky Mountain National Park