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.