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Panoramic photograph of Upper Baldwin Lake By Salida, Colorado.Photograph of Baldwin Lakes from 900ft above the Lakes, by Mt. Antero in Colorado

To get to Baldwin Gulch, drive down 285 from Denver, and turn left (south) on 24/285 at Johnson Corner. Continue about 6 miles, just past Nathrop. You'll see the sign on the right for the Mt Princeton Road (162). Turn west on this road and drive 12 miles west to just past the town of Alpine, where you'll see the signed trailhead. This trail is pretty narrow in spots and has a lot of rough spots and a couple rock steps at the top of the trail. I wouldn't recommend a full sized vehicle but it could possibly be done in a stock 4 wheel drive but you'd have to take it slow. About 2.8 miles up the trail is the turn to Mt Antero. Follow the sign for Baldwin Lakes. There are some camping sites in this area and roughly around 10,850 ft good place to camp out of the wind and below tree line. When the road splits again keep to the left. After you pass the bottom two lakes you will find a road leading to the big or upper Baldwin Lake. The road has been closed off to vehicle traffic but makes for an easy hike into the Lake. Continuing up the trail you will come to the remnants of an old mine which overlooks the lakes.

Greenback cutthroat trout in Lower Baldwin Lake by Mt Antero in ColoradoThis trail is do able in a stock narrow wheel based 4wd with a high ground clearance but take it slow.  It is usually Ice free and accessible around mid-June.  Baldwin Lakes are at N38°39.555' Latitude and W106°18.174' Longitude with an elevation of 12,088 ft..   

Baldwin Lakes contain cutthroat trout and can be caught in all 3 lakes and the creek that connects them.  Flies I have had success with at this lake include, hopper patterns, griffen gnats, or any other small fly.  Hardware that works well there would include blue fox spinners, kastmasters, and thomas bouyants.  

4 wheeling in Colorado on the trail that leads to Mt Antero and Baldwin lakes.



To view more pictures of the trails, mines, and lakes check out our Baldwin Lakes Gallery.