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No Name Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,150 Feet (3475.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 250 Feet (77.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters) Ends at No Name Lake
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 728
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Spectacle Lake

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General Description

The No Name Lake Trail takes a gentle route through the subalpine meadows and forests above the Conejos River to reach No Name Lake. Wildlife such as elk and coyote may often be seen grazing or hunting in the meadows.

To reach the No Name Lake Trail, you must hike either the Valle Victoria Trail from the Notch Trail #729 or the Ruybalid Trail from the Conejos River to the rim of the plateau above. After the steep route up the terrain of the plateau is gentle rolling and walking is quite easy. These trails climb to a gentle divide that bounds the Rough Creek drainage, passing in and out of open spruce fir stands and grassy meadows. The Ruybalid Trail ties into the No Name Trail by means of the North Fork Spur #885.1A.

From the top of the Divide, the No Name Trail descends one half mile to No Name Lake, which drains to the northwest into the South Fork Conejos River. Wet meadows of willow and sedge border the lake and are surrounded by deep, dense subalpine forest. Glimpses into the steep and rugged canyon of the South Fork Conejos River are afforded from the Canyon Rim, Northwest of the lake.

The lake, set in a wide subalpine valley, supports trout and is a picturesque location for fishing, camping, and enjoying other backcountry activities. Water may be scarce along the Rough Creek Trail until No Name Lake is reached. Water found along the trail should be treated before consumption.

Directions from Valle Victoria Trail: The Valle Victoria Trail #727 is followed to the top of the Valle Victoria plateau. No Name Trail then takes off to the north.

Directions: The No Name Lake Trail #885 and the North Fork Spur #855.1A. The junction of trail #855.1A and #728 is about 4 miles from the Ruybalid Trailhead (See Ruybalid Trail description). At the trail junction, take the left fork to No Name Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Chris (Albuquerque, NM)
Time of Day: 7:00 am
Length of Time: 4 hrs.
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: First 3 miles are the toughest. After reaching the top its a long steady climb up a beautiful meadow.
Conditions: On top of the mountain the trail was still pretty muddy. There was quite a bit of snow in the forest.
Water Availability: There isn't any treated water along the way. You do cross a small stream on the way up but I would treat the water. 2 quarts was enough to make it to the lake.
Suggested Accessories: Took a fly rod and float tube because the lake is supposed to hold fish but we did see or catch any. As far as we could tell there are no fish in the lake.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking No Name Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing No Name Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking No Name Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Steep terrain at the beginning, then a gentle rolling plateau
ICON Viewing Wildlife Elk and coyote

Related Activities
Ruybalid Trail - Spectacular views of the Conejos Canyon can be seen from many vantage points along the trail.

Valle Victoria Trail - The Valle Victoria Trail provides access to the high country between Elk Creek and the South Fork of the Conejos River. This area is characterized by numerous lakes and interspersed subalpine meadows and forests.

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Visitor Information:

Conejos Peak Ranger Station, 15571 County Road T-5, P.O. Box 420 , La Jara, CO, 81140, Phone: 719-274-8971, TTY: 719-274-3139


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