Trails on the Wellington lake property:
Waterfall Trail: This very short, easy walk will bring you to the base and then up to the top of a small waterfall. The waterfall is most impressive in spring and early summer as the snow melt feeds the stream. In winter and early spring, the frozen falls can also be a treat. .3 miles each way - easy
Granite Trail: Traversing the hillside, above the campground, the Granite trail is an easy saunter through the forest. The trail gets its name from several large granite boulders that you will pass along the way. You can start from the Waterfall Trailhead or the Granite Trailhead. .5 miles each way - easy
Lake Trail: This easy walk alternates between meandering through the forest and strolling along the edge of the water on the southeast side of the lake. You can access this trail from the Minnow Day Use area or the Waterfall Lot. .6 miles each way - easy
*Full Lake Loop- by combining the Granite Trail, Lake Trail, and walking the beach the rest of the way, you can create a nice, easy loop around the lake. 3 miles all the way around the lake - easy
trails within a short drive:
The Colorado Trail is a long distance trail which stretches almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango. From Wellington Lake, you can easily access this trail from several nearby trailheads and walk for any distance you choose. The sections of trail closest to the lake are open to both hikers and mountain bikers.
Rolling Creek Trail
The Rolling Creek Trail begins at the Colorado Trailhead, about 2 miles north of Wellington Lake. The first mile of the trail is an easy stroll through evergreen forest with beautiful views of The Castle and the surrounding rock formations. After about a mile, the trail becomes much more steep. During the spring and early summer, water may be flowing in the small streams that cross the trail.
Buffalo Creek Trails
Although Buffalo Creek is mostly known as a mountain biking destination, the trails are open to hikers as well. The trail system provides endless combinations of routes ranging from easy to intense.