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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Costo Lake Trail #425

Beginning Elevation: 9,670 Feet (2947 Meters) junction with Mill Castle Trail
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 270 Feet (84.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,940 Feet (3030 Meters) Costo Lake
Length: 2.2 Miles (3.5 Kilometers) to Costo Lake
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133, 134
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 425
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Anthracite Range

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General Description

Direct access from Castle Creek Road to Costo Lake Trail is not possible due to private land. This trail must be accessed from Lowline Trail, 438, or Mill Castle Trail, 450. Users can gain access to these trails from Mill Castle Road, Forest Road 727, on Ohio Creek Road.

Costo Lake Trail is closed to motorized vehicles because of its location within wilderness boundaries. The trail begins at 9,670 feet as it leaves Mill Castle Trail. It traverses a small rise then descends into the North Castle Creek drainage. The trail leads through a bog area about one half mile from Costo Lake. It follows the creek for a short distance and then ascends gradually to the lake.

Directions from Mill Creek Road: Hike north on the Lowline Trail, 438 or the Mill Castle Trail, 450. Both trails lead several miles north before intersecting with the Costo Lake Trail. The Lowline Trail is a more direct route.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Costo Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Costo Lake Trail #425
ICON Horseback Riding Costo Lake Trail
ICON Animal Identification Costo Lake Trail
ICON Bird Identification Costo Lake Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Costo Lake Trail
ICON Plant Identification Costo Lake Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Costo Lake Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing West Elk Wilderness
ICON Backpacking Costo Lake Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Costo Lake Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Costo Lake Trail

Related Activities
Costo Lake - This beautiful lake lies in the West Elk Wilderness. It is a good destination for a pack trip.

Lowline Trail - This trail is a good access for the entire east side of the West Elk Wilderness and is an excellent trail for extended pack trips.

Mill Castle Trail - This trail goes through rugged terrain, but is one of the most scenic trails in the West Elk Wilderness.

Ohio Creek Road - Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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