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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

San Isabel Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,200 Feet (997.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) Ends at junction with San Isabel Lake Trail #857
Length, One-way: 5.0 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 858
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Electric Peak

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General Description

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The trail follows San Isabel Creek through stands of aspen and fir to its junction with the lake trail. The first 2 miles are in fair condition; the upper section is staked for a route, but not constructed; it is difficult passage for horses. Attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, access to other alpine trails and lakes, and big game.

Directions from Moffat, Colorado: Follow the Crestone road east from Highway 17. Turn north at the Baca Grande airstrip and follow the gravel road to San Isabel Creek and the registration box. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

Directions: Via San Isabel Lake Trail #857.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fishing in creek and lake
ICON Hiking & Walking San Isabel Trail

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Visitor Information:

Saguache Ranger Station, 46525 Colorado Highway 114, P.O. Box 67 , Saguache, CO, 81149, Phone: 719-655-2553, TTY: 719-655-2547


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