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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Conejos Peak Ranger District

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Tobacco Lake Trail (#715)

Beginning Elevation: 9,980 Feet (3111.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 820 Feet (255.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters) Ends at Forest Development Road 100
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 715
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Platoro

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

At one time the trail went to Tobacco Lake, but a portion of the trail was destroyed during timber sale operations in the area. The trail now ends at Road #100. See the narrative on the following page for access to Tobacco Lake. The trail follows Lake Fork Creek, and the visitor will pass a series of pleasant cascades.

The Tobacco Lake Trail leaves the Lake Fork Trail #716 just north of Big Lake. The trail follows Lake Fork Creek for approximately 2.0 miles and ends in a clearcut along side Forest Road #100. To continue on to Tobacco Lake, the visitor would have to hike up hill to Forest Road #105. Follow #105 to the east for 3/4 of a mile to a junction. Take the other road west one mile to the trail. The trail enters wilderness and the use of motorized vehicles in this area to Tobacco Lake is prohibited.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Go west on Highway 17 for 23.0 miles to the Conejos Canyon Road #250. Turn north for 17.0 miles to the Saddle Creek Road #105. Turn west to Lake Fork Ranch Road, approximately 0.5 mile. The start of the Lake Fork Trail #716 begins past the locked gate and goes north then west around the private property, then follows Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake, approximately 2.5 miles. Tobacco Lake Trail begins at Big Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late June-Early July through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Tobacco Lake Trail (#715)
ICON Viewing Scenery A series of pleasant cascades on Lake Fork Creek

Related Activities
Lake Fork Campground - Lake Fork Campground is 7 miles south of Platoro on the Conejos River. There are 17 campsites with tables and grates.

Lake Fork Creek Trail - The trail is a gentle hike along the Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake. The trail then climbs steeply to a saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain and drops steeply into the community of Platoro.

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Visitor Information:

Conejos Peak Ranger Station, 15571 County Road T-5, P.O. Box 420 , La Jara, CO, 81140, Phone: 719-274-8971, TTY: 719-274-3139


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