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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

San Isabel Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 12,100 Feet (3771.8 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 200 Feet (62.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,900 Feet (3709.5 Meters) Ends at junction with North Fork Crestone Trail #747.
Length, One-way: 1.0 Miles (1.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 857
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Electric Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

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The trail serves as a loop to San Isabel Lake from the North Fork Crestone Trail. It has numerous steep switchbacks. The main attraction is San Isabel Lake for fishing and camping.

Directions from North Fork Crestone Trail: Via North Fork Crestone Trail #747.

Directions from San Isabel Trail: Via San Isabel Trail #858

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking San Isabel Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing San Isabel Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking San Isabel Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Numerous steep switchbacks

Related Activities
North Crestone Creek Campground - North Crestone Campground is in the narrow valley of North Crestone Creek at the base of Sangre de Cristo Range.

North Crestone Creek Trail - The trail offers excellent possibilities for extended backpacking or just a good day hike from the campground. Attractions are fishing the creek and lake, excellent scenery, waterfalls and opportunity to see bighorn sheep and occasionally bear.

North Crestone Loop Trail - The trail exists as a connector between Comanche Lake and the North Crestone drainage. The trail offers spectacular viewing near Phantom Terrace.

North Fork Crestone Trail - The trail is in good condition and offers numerous possibilities for circuit routes with other trails lasting from 2 days to a week. This route is a photographer's dream.

San Isabel Trail - The trail follows San Isabel Creek through stands of aspen and fir to its junction with the lake trail. Attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, access to other alpine trails and lakes, and big game.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Creede-Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 580 , Creede, CO, 81130, Phone: 800-327-2102 or 719-658-2374, Fax: 719-658-2717


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