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

Quick Facts

Henry Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,740 Feet (3274 Meters) junction with South Lottis Creek
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 964 Feet (300.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,704 Feet (3567 Meters)
Length: 2.0 Miles (3.2 Kilometers) to Henry Lake
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 132
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 429
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Fairview Peak




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General Description

The Henry Lake Trail begins along the South Lottis Creek Trail approximately one mile south of the confluence of Brush Creek and South Lottis Creek. The South Lottis Creek Trail and Henry Lake Trail lie within the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area.

The Henry Lake Trail begins at an elevation of 10,740 feet. It climbs steadily, paralleling South Lottis Creek. The trail extends two miles to Henry Lake, crossing some bog areas while following South Lottis Creek. During the last half mile before the lake the trail ascends rapidly. Henry Lake lies at 11,704 feet.

Directions from South Lottis Creek Campground: Hike south on South Lottis Trail, #428, about four miles from Lottis Creek Campground. Henry Lake Trail will veer to the right following South Lottis Creek.

Directions from Gold Creek Campground: Hike north on South Lottis Creek Trail, 428.1, six miles to the Henry Lake Trail.



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



Related Activities
Gold Creek Campground - Gold Creek Campground provides access to fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It's a great site to experience the natural beauty of the central Rocky Mountains.

Lottis Creek - This stream supports rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and good fishing.

Lottis Creek Campground - Lottis Creek Campground appeals primarily to anglers, hikers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts. The Taylor River basin provides access to challenging terrain for all ability levels.

South Lottis Trail - South Lottis Trail extends north and south, through the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, for ten and a half miles. It leads from the South Lottis Trailhead to the Gold Creek Trailhead.

Taylor River Road - The Taylor River Road is a paved, narrow, winding road, that follows the Taylor River through Taylor Canyon. Traffic is usually very heavy in the summer months.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1288 , Crested Butte, CO, 81224, Phone: 800-545-4505

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