Little Rock 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 911. Area map shows the location of the nearest phone.

Site Location: Site is at north end of Little Rock Lake, marked by a silver arrowhead on a post. Site is in a small meadow with trees around it. Below lake is spruce forest with several large open meadows (often very wet). Above lake terrain is rocky and steep. Camp safely away from standing dead trees, as near as is safely possible to the silver metal arrowhead.


  • Routes usually involve steep unstable slopes and may be covered by snowfields all summer (crampons and ice axes may be necessary).
  • Routes usually involve very marshy, wet ground and a large amount of dead and down timber.
  • Routes usually involve several hours of hiking above treeline---Be cautious of storms and lightning.
  • A compass and topographical map should be used when hiking in this area.
Number of Sites: 1
Elevation: 10,280 feet
Distance: Approximately 6 miles from Milner Pass TH
Approximate Travel Time: 5 to 8 hours
Elevation Change: Net loss 480 feet from Milner Pass TH (1,440 feet gain; 1,920 feet loss---Will vary significantly depending on route)
Privy: NO

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

To Reach the Trailhead (TH): Milner Pass TH: Via Trail Ridge Road, Milner Pass TH is approximately 27.3 miles from Beaver Meadows Visitor Center or approximately 16.3 miles from Kawuneeche Visitor Center.

Drawing of Little Rock Lake Campsite Location
Modified: 04/17


Last updated: August 12, 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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