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Backpacking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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South Lottis Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,220 Feet (2874.1 Meters) South Lottis Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,947 Feet (918.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,030 Feet (3126.6 Meters) Gold Creek Trailhead
High Point: 12,167 Feet (3792.7 Meters) Gunsight Pass
Length: 10.5 Miles (17.5 Kilometers) From South Lottis Trailhead to Gold Creek Trailhead
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 428
Usage: Light to Moderate
USGS Maps: Fairview Peak

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General Description

South Lottis Trail leads south from the South Lottis Trailhead through the Fossil Ridge Wilderness to the Gold Creek Trailhead. From its southern terminus this trail takes a relatively direct route to Lamphier lakes, where fishing is reported to be fairly good from year to year.

Beginning at the South Lottis Creek Trailhead the trail follows South Lottis Creek into the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. The trail parallels the creek for four and a quarter miles gaining 1,460 feet.

This is a relatively easy trek to the beginning of Henry Lake Trail, 429. At this point South Lottis Creek Trail leads to the left following Brush Creek. It continues to climb steadily toward Gunsight Pass. (Horses are not recommended on this trail due to large boulders along the pass.) The length of this leg of the trail, from Henry Lake Trail to Gunsight Pass, is three miles and elevation gained is 1,467 feet.

From Gunsight Pass, South Lottis Creek Trail descends into the Lamphier Creek drainage. Within a mile of the pass South Lottis Trail passes Lamphier Lake. From the lake the trail descends 1,420 feet in two miles to Gold Creek Trailhead.

Directions from Gunnison: Gold Creek Trailhead: Take Hwy 50 east to Parlin. Turn left at Parlin and go about eight miles to Ohio. Turn left in Ohio toward Comanche and Gold Creek campground. Go a short distance past Gold Creek campground, across Lamphier Creek to the trailhead.

Directions from Gunnison: South Lottis Trailhead: Travel north on Highway 135 to Almont. Then go seventeen miles north on Taylor River Road to Lottis Creek Campground and through the campground on Union Canyon Road (four wheel drive only) for one half mile to the trailhead.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: S B (Louisville, CO)
Time of Day: Afternoon
Length of Time: rained out
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hike along the creek is beautiful, with many photo opportunities. Plentiful plunge pools if you want to bring swim clothes along and have an icey soak.
Conditions: Trail is uphill and very rocky and wet as far as we were able to get (nasty thunderstorm rolled in and we turned around immediately). Also encountered a cult on ATV's (10 of them!), none of the members of which were aware of the nearby wilderness area (and since they had been camping, it is likely they made a mess).
Water Availability: Plenty of water if you have proper filtration / sanitation systems.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking South Lottis Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lamphier Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking South Lottis Trail
ICON Horseback Riding South Lottis Trail
ICON Animal Identification South Lottis Trail
ICON Bird Identification Soap Creek Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification South Lottis Trail
ICON Plant Identification South Lottis Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification South Lottis Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Fossil Ridge Wilderness
ICON Viewing Scenery South Lottis Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife South Lottis Trail

Related Activities
Henry Lake Trail - The Henry Lake Trail, 429, stems from the South Lottis Creek Trail. It follows South Lottis Creek to its source Henry Lake.

Lamphier Lakes - Lamphier Lakes lie high in an alpine valley of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. Because of the high altitude, the fishing in these lakes varies day to day. Native cutthroat and rainbow trout can be found here.

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