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Quick Facts

Tellurium Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,100 Feet (342.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Length: 6.8 Miles (11.33 Kilometers) 10.9 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir
Trail Number: 1917
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Crooked Creek Pass, Nast, Mt. Jackson

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Tellurium trail passes through flower-filled meadows with a moderate level of difficulty
Copyright: Tom Kuekes - US Forest Service
Tellurium trail passes through flower-filled meadows with a moderate level of difficulty
It is 4 miles to Tellurium Lake and then 2.8 more to the junction with Last Chance Creek trail. This trail is an easy trail to hike with lots of meadows with flowers. You can also access Woods Lake Trail, Last Chance Trail, Josephine Lake and Henderson Park.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 27 miles. Turn left onto Road #501 towards Elk Wallow Campground, and in about 3 miles take road #506 to the left, following it for about 5 miles. As the road makes a sharp right on the second ridge, you will see an old logging road on the right side with a cable across it and some rocks blocking vehicle traffic. That is the beginning of the trail. Parking is available about 1/8 of a mile down the road. Just walk up the hill to the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Due to snow at high elevations this trail may be inaccessible during the Winter, Spring, and Fall months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Tellurium Lake and linking trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Tellurium Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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