Summer adventure awaits at Meridian Lake. Paddleboarders, floaters, and sunbathing adventurers are sure to love this lake’s emerald green waters.

Meridian Lake stretches for miles, offering ample opportunities for water-based activities including everything from paddling under the mountain sun to mellow kayak rides to floating on giant inflatable pink flamingos.

A quick and steep 2.1-mile trek through the wilderness will lead you to this insanely beautiful destination in Crested Butte, Colorado. Before you go, snap a few photographs from the start of the trailhead – boasting picturesque scenery filled with mountain vistas, a glistening stream, and colorful wildflower meadows of lavender and golden blooms.

Meridian Lake, Crested Butte. Photo Credit: Breanna Sneeringer, OutThere Colorado

A walk to the top of the lake offers scenic beauty for Colorado sightseers. From the trail above, stunning mountain vistas and colorful blooms can be enjoyed. In the fall, visitors can look forward to sweeping views of golden aspens surrounding the lake.

Wildflowers at Meridian Lake, Crested Butte. Photo Credit: Breanna Sneeringer, OutThere Colorado

Leave No Trace on your adventure for minimal impact. Respect private lands and stay on the trail to preserve this insanely beautiful destination for many years to come.

If you’re headed to Meridian Lake from downtown Crested Butte, here’s the route you’ll want to take. Before approaching the ski resort, make a sharp left onto Gothic Road and continue on for about 1.5 miles, before turning left onto Washington Gulch Road. Keep an eye out for a small parking area on the right side of the road about 2.3 miles down the road.

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