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Date Friday  9/24/2021
End Date Sunday  9/26/2021
Group Denver
Event Title BPX Backpack Sandbeach Lake Fly Fish & Hike Trip* 3 Day Out and Back
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Brian Burd
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 8.8
Elevation Gain 2020
Driving Distance 170 RT


Sandbeach Lake in RMNP: Wild Basin Entrance near Copeland Lake

National Geographic Map #200

Trailhead Location: GPS 40.21986, -105.53439

Description: Fly Fishing and Hiking Trip for both men and women 

Sandbeach Lake is a fairly large subalpine lake. During your visit I would highly recommend doing a little exploring to see the different perspectives of the mountains surrounding the lake. By taking the social trail leading south along the eastern shore for a short distance, you'll discover an absolutely spectacular view of 13,911-foot Mt. Meeker towering above the north end of the lake. Although this normally isn't the most popular destination in the park, the size of the lake still offers hikers plenty of space for relative solitude.

Though you would probably never know by simply looking, a dam once stood at Sandbeach Lake. The original 26-foot-high, 90-foot-long Sandbeach Lake Dam was constructed prior to the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915. Made primarily of dirt and rock, the dam raised the volume of water in the natural lake, which was then used by farmers on the Great Plains. However, after the Lawn Lake Dam failure in 1982, park officials decided to remove the other three man-made dams within the park, which included Sandbeach Lake, Pear Lake and Bluebird Lake. In 1988 the park removed the structure with a bulldozer and pneumatic hammers, and then re-graded the land to its original slope. Today there's very little evidence that the dam ever existed.

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For more info Contact

Trip Leader:   Brian Burd - 303-912-8000 - Please text and I will call you back. 

Meet:   8a.m. -  Sandbeach Lake Trailhead at Wild Basin Entrance



General Requirements:

  • Recent backpacking experience required for this trip.

  • There are multiple options for recreation; hiking, fishing, photography, etc.

  • We will likely play some music in the evening.

  • If you have not been on one of my trips in the past I will call the phone number you entered in the registration to confirm this trip is a good fit for you.


Trip Type: This trip is for adults only.  No dogs.

Weather:  This trip will be rescheduled or cancelled if the weather forcast is mostly rainy. 



“This is a BPX trip. The purpose of BPX is to promote backpacking as a core CMC
activity, organize and coordinate backpacking trips, and give early notice of
backpacking events to BPX members.
CMC members do not have to be BPX members to join a BPX trip. But if you Join a
BPX trip you are automatically considered a BPX member. However, to make sure
you receive our newsletters go to and Join the Pack by adding backpacking
to your preferences on your membership profile, or contact CMC Membership Services
at  or 303-279-3080.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.