Trail Snapshot: Lyric Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Hike Distance: Approx 8 miles Round Trip
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Duration: 6-8 hr Round Trip
- Trail Type: Out and Back
- Starting Elevation: 8430′
- Elevation Gain: Approx. +1730′
- Seasons: Spring through Fall
- Dogs: Dogs Prohibited in RMNP
- Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Wild Basin Area
- Trails Illustrated Map: Recommended Topo Map Noting Location of Lyric Falls
- Denver Drive Time: 1 hr 30 min
- Driving Directions to Sandbeach Lake Trailhead: Click for Google Map
- Town Nearest Hike: Allenspark, Colorado
- Beauty: Mountain views, aspen, ponderosa, limber pine, creek, wildlife: Abert’s squirrel, elk, deer, moose, bear; wildflowers.
- Activities: Picnicking, hiking trails, winter snowshoeing, horseback riding, backcountry camping (with a permit), photography
- Fee: Park Pass Required
Parking & Trailhead Information for Lyric Falls
The Hike: Lyric Falls Trail in RMNP
The first segment of the hike to Lyric Falls follows the Sandbeach Lake Trail for approximately 3.2 miles to the footbridge crossing Hunter’s Creek. An indistinct social trail is located near the bridge on the east side of Hunter’s creek. This second trail segment is 3/4 of a mile is unmaintained, which means that hikers should have a sufficient level of land navigation skills (map reading and proficiency with a compass/gps unit) to negotiate the terrain to Lyric Falls.
This .75 mile section follows the course of Hunter’s Creek Northwest and uphill to the location of Lyric Falls. There is no marker for Lyric Falls, but it can be located on the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hikers will likely hear several smaller cascades along the way. In the same way, the cascades of Lyric Falls will be heard before seen, and the sounds of its splash and spray will be the best way to locate the falls.
A meadow bright with wildflowers can be found just bit further up Hunter’s Creek beyond Lyric Falls.
Campsites Along the Lyric Falls Trail
Stay overnight and explore the larger Hunter’s Creek Drainage. There are several Backcountry Camping sites along the Sandbeach Lake Trail: Hole-in-the-Wall, Campers Creek, Beaver Mill, and Sandbeach Lake. These backcountry camping sites can be reserved through the RMNP Backcountry Offices. Staying overnight, hikers can then explore Lyric Falls, Sandbeach Lake, and this lesser hiked area of the Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Tips & Resources for Hiking to Lyric Falls in RMNP
- Packing List: Always pack the 10 Essentials. Download our Hiking Guide to get list and dayhiking packing checklist.
- Recommended Trail Map: We recommend the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map which indicates the location of the Backcountry Camping Sites, and provides topo information, too.
- Get there early: Parking is limited. Arrive early to secure a parking spot at the trailhead.
- You’re in Bear Country: Black Bears live in the Wild Basin area and are active on the months of April through November. Be aware, dispose of your food responsibly, and don’t food or anything else with a strong scent in your vehicle.
- Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
- Photo: We would like to express our gratitude to Thomas Mangan for sharing such great photos of this hike to Lyric Falls in RMNP. Tom leads photography tours in Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out his site thomasmagan.com for details.
- After the Hike: Meadow Mountain Cafe in Allenspark, Colorado
Map & Driving Directions
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