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South Crestone Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,640 Feet (822.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,840 Feet (3690.8 Meters) Ends at South Crestone Lake
Length, One-way: 3.3 Miles (5.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 860
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Electric Peak, Crestone


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General Description

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This trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or a pleasant overnight trip. Numerous good scenic views of the lower canyon are offered as the trail ascends through stands of aspen and fir, and breaks through timberline below the lake. The trail is well marked and maintained. Favorite attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, rugged scenery, and the chance to see bighorn sheep in the canyon. There are several good campsites along the route.

Directions from Moffat, Colorado: Take Highway 17 to Moffat. Turn east on the Crestone road and follow it to Crestone. Turn east in front of the Post Office and follow the gravel road 1 1/2 miles. 2 WD vehicles can park here; 4 WD's can go another 3/4 mile up the road to the registration box. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Several good campsites along the route
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing In the creek and lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking South Crestone Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Well marked and maintained
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Good views of the lower canyon
ICON Viewing Wildlife There are bighorn sheep in the canyon.
Yes



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.



More Information

Visitor Information:

South Fork Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 12 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 719-873-5512

Rio Grande County - South Fork, Del Norte, Monte Vista, P.O. Box 577 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 800-571-0881 or 719-873-5512, Fax: 719-873-5693, www.southfork.org

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