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

Quick Facts

Willow Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) Ends at Willow Lake
Length, One-way: 3.9 Miles (6.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 865
USGS Maps: Crestone, Crestone Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Crestone Needles
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Crestone Needles
The trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or an extended trip.
Recent trail reconstruction has improved the trail to enable horses to get within 300 yards of the Lake.

Attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, Willow Falls, diverse wildlife, access for climbers to Crestone Needles and Crestone Peak, and excellent views toward the San Luis Valley.

Directions from Moffat, Colorado: Take Highway 17 to Moffat. Turn east on the Crestone Road and follow it to Crestone. Turn east at the Post Office and follow the gravel road 1 1/2 miles. 2 WD vehicles can park here; 4 WD's can go another 3/4 mile up the road to the registration box. South Crestone Trail #860 is straight ahead, Willow Lake Trail leaves to the right and crosses the creek. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Not suitable for horseback riding due to washout. A horse fell into the gully recently. Updated: 2000-05-09 09:46:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing In the lake and creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Willow Lake Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Willow Falls, San Luis Valley
ICON Viewing Wildlife Diverse wildlife

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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