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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Mirror Lake Campground

Capacity: 100 People
Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 10
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Opportunities for lake and stream fishing abound at Mirror Lake Campground. It is situated on the banks of Mirror Lake and East Willow Creek. The 13,000 foot peaks of the Sawatch Range provide a dramatic backdrop for this site. Mountain biking, four-wheel driving, hiking and horseback riding are only a few of the activities visitors can enjoy from this site.

Directions from Taylor Reservoir: Turn on to Forest Road 765 from 742 on the eastern shore of Taylor Reservoir. Travel 7.5 miles to Tincup. In Tincup 765 bends to the right. Follow Forest Road 267, and East Willow Creek, 3 miles to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-June through September .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee vault toilet, rough and steep

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Dave Johnson (Erie, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Gorgeous setting with plenty of trees but also open enough for great views and sun during the daytime. We arrived just after dark on Friday evening of Labor Day weekend and there were 2 sites left, so we took one of them. Site was a little cramped next to a hill with no great place for a tent, but we had an air mattress so no big deal. There was a picnic table, nice fire ring, etc. and the pit toilets were fine. To get to the campground we took the road less traveled from Nathrop and drove over Tin Cup Pass in sleet and rain. This is a "moderate" trail requiring an aggressive stock SUV at a minimum, which means high ground clearance, low range gearing, and all terrain tires. We took a Land Rover Discovery which did fine, but our Isuzu Rodeo would never have made it- not enough clearance. For most vehicles, take the route over Cottonwood Pass to Taylor Park Lake, through the town of Tin Cup and on to Mirror Lake and you won't have any problems. Lots of ATVs around this weekend so it was a little noisy from time to time but tolerable. Biggest problem was some campers who left their dog at their trailer while they went for a hike and it barked for a couple of hours. We met some other campers who frequent this place who said that most weekends it's almost deserted so we just experienced the Labor Day effect. In any case, we loved the place and will definitely be back. The setting is among the best I've experienced in Colorado, which is to say extraordinary.
Conditions: Got some rain from the moisture associated Hurricane Jimena but the soil drained really well so we stayed dry in our tent. Got a little frost on the tent the first morning too but that's to be expected at 11,000' in September. No bugs whatsoever, sites are shaded and in good condition.
Water Availability: No drinking water available so we brought 5 gallons with us- plenty for 2 people for 3 days' cooking, cleaning and drinking. The lake is crystal clear but I wouldn't drink the water without using something like a Katadyn filter oon it first.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Timberline Trail
ICON Camping Mirror Lake Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing East Willow Creek, Mirror Lake
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Tincup Pass
ICON Hiking & Walking Timberline Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Timberline Trail

Related Activities
Timberline Trail - This trail follows the timberline directly beneath the Sawatch Range. Following the boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, the trail offers great views of Taylor Park.

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Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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