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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > San Carlos Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lakes of the Clouds Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters) Rainbow Trail
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) Lake of the Clouds
Length, One-way: 6.5 Miles (10.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1349
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: Electric Peak
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Lakes of the Clouds - 10.95
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Lakes of the Clouds - 10.95
There is no designated parking at the trailhead but there is ample parking along the road. You follow the Rainbow Trail for 2 miles of gentle walking to the marked trailhead for Lake of the Clouds. From this point it is about 4 1/2 miles to the lake. This part of the trail is steep and rocky, but not dangerous. This is a multiple use trail so motorbikes and ATVs are permitted

Directions: Take Hermit Road west out of Westcliffe to where the jeep road intersects the Rainbow Trail. The sign is hard to find. It is off to the right on the north side of the road, after you get into the trees. Park along the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Late May through Late October (NOTE: None) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Lakes of the Clouds Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Accessible
ICON Mountain Biking Permitted
ICON ATV Riding Permitted
ICON Motorcycle Riding Permitted
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake of the Clouds

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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