The ruggedness of Canon Verde, part of the South San Juan Wilderness, may discourage some from taking this path, but the splendor of the canyon is well worth the effort. As the creek cascades through the steep, narrow canyon, waterfalls and deep pools are formed. The slopes are forested with spruce, fir and aspen. An occasional subalpine meadow breaks the forest's continuity and vertical cliffs of volcanic rock provide an impressive backdrop.
The terrain flattens out as one approaches Green Lake, which sits in a bowl just below the Continental Divide. Lush subalpine forest and meadow border the lake while treeless cliffs rise to the Divide on the west.
Water and camping site are available along the entire route; water should be treated before consumption. The spectacular scenery and high quality fishing of Green Lake make this area very popular.
From Green Lake, the trail climbs out of the canyon until it intersects with the Continental Divide Trail #813.
Directions from Conejos River: Follow the South Fork Conejos Trail #724 west from the Conejos River approximately 5 miles. At the confluence of Canon Verde with the South Fork, the Canon Verde Trail leaves the South Fork and continues southwest through Canon Verde.
June through September .