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.
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