Last week I only had an hour but desperately needed some fresh air and perspective. The quick hike to McLeod Lake did not disappoint.
This is one of the shortest hikes in the area with the trailhead easily accessible from the Horseshoe Lake parking lot. The starting elevation is 9000’ so if you drive straight to the trailhead, I highly recommend relaxing near the trailhead before starting the hike as it will help get you adjusted to the altitude. If you just hike to the lake and back it is approximately 1.1 miles. I prefer to walk around the lake which brings the round trip to approximately 1.76 miles.
Depending on the day or the week and time of day you could find yourself alone on this trail or see dozens of people and dogs. Either way, your reward will be a beautiful lake in a pristine setting. Enjoy!
How to get there: If driving, take Lake Mary Road until it ends (almost 5 miles from downtown). The trailhead is near the public restrooms and area signage. If you decide to take the free town shuttle, catch the Lakes Basin Trolley from The Village (near the gondola on Canyon Blvd) and take the shuttle to stop #104, Horseshoe Lake.