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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

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Pomeroy Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 12,080 Feet (3765.6 Meters) Pomeroy Lakes Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain, One-way: 200 Feet (62.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,250 Feet (3818.6 Meters) Upper Pomeroy Lake
Length, One-way: 1.0 Miles (1.6 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 130, San Isabel National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1437
USGS Maps: St. Elmo
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Pomeroy Lakes Trail is a short trail to a pair of alpine lakes. The trailhead is located south of St. Elmo, and a 4 WD vehicle is necessary to reach it. The trailhead lies at an elevation of 12,080'. Pomeroy Lake lies .25 miles south of the trailhead at 12,035'. Upper Pomeroy Lake lies 1 mile south of the trailhead at an elevation of 12,250'.

The lakes have very good fishing for cutthroat and Rainbow crossed with cutthroat. It is stocked every 1 to 2 years and the average sized fish is 10 - 12 inches. The ice does not completely melt on Upper Pomeroy Lake until late June or early July.

Directions from From Salida: From Salida take Highway 285 north to Nathrop. Turn west at Nathrop and drive about 15 miles on County Road 162. Immediately before St. Elmo, turn left on to County Road 295. Travel 3 miles to County Road 297. Turn left on County Road 297, which will bring you to the trailhead. A 4WD vehicle is needed to drive this road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: located South of Tincup and East of Pitkin

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Pomeroy Lakes Trail
ICON Fishing Pomeroy Lakes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Pomeroy Lakes Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Pomeroy Lakes Trail
ICON Bird Identification Pomeroy Lakes Trail
ICON Plant Identification Pomeroy Lakes Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Pomeroy Lakes Trail

Related Activities
Hancock Lake Trail - Hancock Lake Trail is an old path used by miners to carry supplies by mule to the mining camps. It connects with Forest Developed Road 230 at the Middle Fork of the south Arkansas River.

Tunnel Lake Trail - The Tunnel Lake Trail leads users 5 miles over high alpine terrain. The trail never dips lower than 11,000'. Weather should be an important consideration when deciding to hike or ride this trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591


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