Finch Lake


  • Respect Wildness... Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Ethics
  • Plan ahead and prepare: Plan your trip carefully. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Plan for the least experienced member of your party.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Hike single file in the middle of the trail or side by side in areas without trails. Camp in hardened areas only, not in meadows or on vegetation.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pick up all spilled foods and trash. Disperse washing and cooking wastewater 70 adult steps (200 feet/60 meters) from camps and all water sources. Leave no evidence of your stay.
  • Leave what you find: Leave plants, rocks, antlers and artifacts as you find them for others to enjoy.
  • Minimize campfire impacts: CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED AT THIS SITE. Use portable stoves only.
  • Respect Wildlife: Use carry-in/carry-out bear resistant food storage canister April 1 through October 31. Minimize noise. Avoid lakes and streams at dawn and dusk.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect the quality of every visitor’s experience.

EMERGENCIES: In case of emergency, call Park Dispatch at (970) 586-1203 or 911. Map (over) shows the location of the nearest phone.

Site Location: Finch Lake is a shallow lake in a thick forest of lodgepole pine. Individual and Group/Stock sites are on north side of lake. A wood sign indicates the path to the site; the path may be marked by red arrowheads on trees. Camp safely away from standing dead trees, as near as is safely possible to the silver metal arrowhead.

Number of Sites: 2 individual; 1 group/stock
Elevation: 9,910 feet
Distance: 4.6 miles from Finch Lake TH, 5.3 miles from Wild Basin TH
Approximate Travel Time: 4 to 6 hours
Elevation Change: 1,440 feet gain from Finch Lake TH, 1,410 feet gain from Wild Basin TH
Privy: YES

Water Source: Water is available from Cony Creek. Boil or adequately treat all water.

To Reach the Trailhead (TH): Finch Lake TH: From Beaver Meadows Visitor Center follow Hwy 36 approximately 1 mile east then turn right onto Mary’s Lake Road and follow approximately 2.4 miles to Hwy 7. Turn right and follow Hwy 7 approximately 9.1 miles to Wild Basin Road. Turn right onto Wild Basin Road and drive past the Wild Basin Lodge, then veer right to approach the Entrance Station. After the Entrance Station follow the road approximately 1.8 miles to the TH. A stock loading area is also close to this TH.
Drawing of Finch Lake Group Campsite Location
Modified: 04/23


Last updated: April 29, 2023

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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