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

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Canyon Infierno Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3109 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters) Devils Lake
Length: 6.3 Miles (10.1 Kilometers) to Devils Lake
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 461
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Cannibal Plateau
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle


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General Description

Canyon Infierno Trail, 461, provides access to Devils Lake, Cannibal Plateau and the Powderhorn Wilderness. It can be accessed from the Deer Lakes Campground or a trailhead on Forest Road 788.

The trail leads along the southwestern boundary of the Powderhorn Wilderness following Brush Creek for three miles. Fishing in Brush Creek is good and it can be accessed by mountain or enduro bike as this part of the trail lies outside the wilderness boundary.

After leaving Brush Creek the trail enters Canon Infierno. This part of the trail leads northward for one mile to a fork. The left side of the fork follows Devils Canyon. To reach Devils Lake follow the right side of the fork. This trail will lead out of Canyon Infierno and north toward the lake. At this point Cannibal Plateau will be on the far left and Calf Creek Plateau will be on the far right. Cannibal Plateau and Calf Creek Plateau are flat, high, alpine tundra ecosystems offering expansive views of the San Juan and La Garita Mountain Ranges.

Once out of the canon users will see a few tall trail markers that mark the general direction of the lake. This area is thick with willows and marsh land. Continue heading directly north. The lake lies against the base of Calf Creek Plateau. Fishing at Devils Lake varies from year to year. Herds of elk are a common sight at the upper end of the trail.

Directions from Lake City: Take Highway 149 south ten miles to Forest Road 788. Turn left on to 788 and drive about six miles to Brush Creek. A sign on the left marks the trail.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Brush Creek, Devils Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Canon Infierno Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Canon Infierno Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Deer Lakes - Deer Lakes are a series of small, easily accessible, man-made reservoirs offering good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout.

Deer Lakes Campground - Anglers will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Deer Lakes located next to this site. Great opportunities for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding can be found in the wilderness areas east of Deer Lakes Campground.

Mill Creek - Mill Creek offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Elk Wilderness as well as, a well defined trail to it's headwaters.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 36 , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-1501

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