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Backpacking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

Quick Facts

Boulder Lake

Elevation: 11,470 Feet (3575.4 Meters)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 132 Gunnison, Pitkin
Recommended Season: Late Summer

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General Description

Boulder Lake lies immediately south of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness boundary. Access to the lake can be gained from the Gold Creek Trailhead via Fossil Ridge Trail. The Boulder Lake Trail is a spur the follows Boulder Gulch northward from Fossil Ridge Trail. The trail spur is approximately a half mile with a few switchbacks.

The high elevation of this lake, approximately 11,470 feet, indicates its fishing season is usually short. Fishing is usually good, because only Brook trout are found in the lake. The average length eight to ten inches and there appears to be a good population.

Directions from Gunnison: Follow Highway 50 east to Parlin. Turn left at Parlin and go about eight miles to Ohio City. Turn left in Ohio City towards Comanche and Gold Creek Campgrounds. Across the main road from Gold Creek Campground is the trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Boulder Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing Boulder Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Fossil Ridge Trail, Boulder Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Fossil Ridge Trail, Boulder Lake Trail
ICON Animal Identification Boulder Lake
ICON Bird Identification Boulder Lake
ICON Plant Identification Boulder Lake
ICON Wildflower Identification Fossil Ridge Trail, Boulder Lake Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Boulder Lake
ICON Mountain Biking Fossil Ridge Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Boulder Lake

Related Activities
Gold Creek Campground - Gold Creek Campground provides access to fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It's a great site to experience the natural beauty of the central Rocky Mountains.

Gold Creek Trail #427 - Gold Creek Trail connects Union Park Road and Gold Creek Campground. It leads through the eastern side of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area.

Mill Lake #532 - This trail offers an easy day hike to Mill Lake.

South Lottis Trail - South Lottis Trail extends north and south, through the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, for ten and a half miles. It leads from the South Lottis Trailhead to the Gold Creek Trailhead.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Taylor River/Cebolla Ranger Districts, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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