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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Conejos Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Big Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,880 Feet (2768.1 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,160 Feet (361.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,040 Feet (3129.7 Meters) Ends at Big Lake
Length, One-way: 2.1 Miles (3.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 706
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Jasper, Red Mountain
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

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This trail offers a pleasant 4.2 mile round trip hike. The trail is recommended for the more experienced hiker. The trail is in fair condition.

There is little outstanding scenery along the trail, but it is a pleasant experience, with many wildflowers during the summer.

Big Lake does not support a fish population, but is used by migratory water fowl during the year.

Cross-country skiing has taken place on this trail, but due to the narrow, forested, and winding condition of the trail, it should only be attempted by experienced skiers.

Water is not available along the trail.

Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: Proceed south on the Gunbarrel Road, State Road 15, for 12.0 miles. Turn west onto Forest Road # 250 for 15.0 miles. Turn south onto the Silver Lakes Toll Road #260 for 1.0 mile to trailhead.

Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: From the Gunbarrel Road, take the La Jara Reservoir Road #250 to La Jara Reservoir. From La Jara Reservoir, proceed north for 6.0 miles to Big Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through Late October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Typical spring conditions indicate you should expect snow above 10,000 feet. Updated: 2000-05-09 10:36:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Suitable sites along the trail
ICON Cross-country Skiing Experienced skiers only
ICON Cold Water Fishing Big Lake does not support a fish population.
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Trail is in fair condition
ICON Mountain Biking Trail is in fair condition
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trail is in fair condition
ICON ATV Riding Trail is in fair condition.

Related Activities
Alamosa Campground - Alamosa Campground is on the Alamosa River 4 1/2 miles above Terrace Reservoir Dam. There is public fishing at Terrace Reservoir and trail access to Alamosa-Rock Creek and Big Lake Trails.

Stunner Campground - Stunner Campground is beside the Alamosa River 2 miles below the top of Stunner Pass. There is public access to fishing in the Alamosa River. Stunner is a ghost town of historic significance.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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