This trail offers a pleasant 4.2 mile round trip hike. The trail is recommended for the more experienced hiker. The trail is in fair condition.
There is little outstanding scenery along the trail, but it is a pleasant experience, with many wildflowers during the summer.
Big Lake does not support a fish population, but is used by migratory water fowl during the year.
Cross-country skiing has taken place on this trail, but due to the narrow, forested, and winding condition of the trail, it should only be attempted by experienced skiers.
Water is not available along the trail.
Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: Proceed south on the Gunbarrel Road, State Road 15, for 12.0 miles. Turn west onto Forest Road # 250 for 15.0 miles. Turn south onto the Silver Lakes Toll Road #260 for 1.0 mile to trailhead.
Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: From the Gunbarrel Road, take the La Jara Reservoir Road #250 to La Jara Reservoir. From La Jara Reservoir, proceed north for 6.0 miles to Big Lake.
May through Late October .