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Fryingpan Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,700 Feet (2712.0 Meters) or 10,000 Feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,020 Feet (318.0 Meters) or 2,320 Feet
Ending Elevation: 11,020 Feet (3435.2 Meters)
Length: 4.0 Miles (6.67 Kilometers) or 9.0 Miles
Trail Number: 1,921
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Mt. Champion and Nast




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General Description

From the Fryingpan Trailhead it is four miles oneway to Fryingpan Lakes
Copyright: Tom Kuekes-USDA Forest Service
From the Fryingpan Trailhead it is four miles oneway to Fryingpan Lakes
Beginning at Nast (Horseshoe Bend), the trail is a fairly easy climb and parallels the Fryingpan River for nine miles until it reaches the lakes. The trail may be shortened by taking road #505 and hiking the remaining four miles. This trail passes in and out of conifer forests and high meadows. There is a stream crossing about 2 1/2 miles before the lakes, so bring extra socks.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left at the stoplight and travel 32 miles up the Fryingpan River. When the pavement ends, take a right onto road #505, past Horseshoe Bend Guest Ranch, and follow road #505 until it dead-ends. The trailhead is above the water diversion structure. Another route to the lakes (the longer one) is to take the Horseshoe Bend Guest Ranch road. Public parking is provided at the bulletin board just across the bridge. Hike up the road to the beginning of the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-June through Mid-September (NOTE: Snow at high elevations prevents access to this trail during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Pamela Schilling : ) (Carbondale, CO)
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Length of Time: Approx. 2.5 hours (one-way) from Fryingpan Lakes trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Biggest rewards on this trip were the wildflowers and waterfalls - they were plentiful at the lakes area with so much snow melting from the mountain spines above.
Conditions: Some mud, very little snow. Fryingpan River crossing made very easy several years ago when a bridge was installed... Thanks to the USFS for that!
Water Availability: Water available much of the trail if you have proper filtering equipment. Carried our own Camelbacks.
Recommended Clothing: Would bring extra clothing if you want to hang at the upper lake. It was breezy, which kept the bugs at bay.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Fryingpan Lakes Trail
Yes
ICON Fishing Fryingpan River and Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking Fryingpan Lakes Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Fryingpan Lakes Trail
Yes



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Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions

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