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

Quick Facts

Snowslide Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,720 Feet (2718.2 Meters) Trailhead on Highway 165
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,760 Feet (860.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,480 Feet (3578.6 Meters) Top of the Wet Mountain Range
Length, One-way: 5.6 Miles (9.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1318
Usage: Light




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General Description

The quickest access is to go I mile south of Lake Isabel on Highway 165. There is signage next to the road.

From here, the trail is pretty steep and gravely the first 1/2 mile, then it mellows for awhile, then it gets steep again. Approximately 4 miles from the highway it gets steep again and switchbacks through timber. You come out at a patch of snow that is almost always present. When driving south from Pueblo on I-25 you may chance to spot it.

There are no creeks to provide water in this area but there is a spring about 3 1/2 miles from the highway trailhead.

Alternately, one can drive a total of 24 miles from Lake Isabel. Go north on Highway 165 to the Ophir Creek Road. Follow the better road to the left which is Greenhorn Mountain Road. The Snowslide trailhead is just past where Cisneros Trail crosses the road and Pole Creek Trail ends.

You are starting from the top of the Wet Mountains and you will be going down the steep sections in your decent to Lake Isabel. Remember that you also have to go back up to retrieve your vehicle.

Directions from Lake Isabel Recreation Area: The quickest access is to go I mile south of Lake Isabel on Highway 165. There is signage next to the road.Alternately, one can drive a total of 24 miles from Lake Isabel. Go north on Highway 165 to the Ophir Creek Road. Follow the better road to the left which is Greenhorn Mountain Road. The Snowslide trailhead is just past where Cisneros Trail crosses the road and Pole Creek Trail ends.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-June through Mid-October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping La Vista, St. Charles and Southside Campgrounds
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lake Isabel
No
ICON Group Picnicking Spruce and Ponderosa Group Campgrounds
No
ICON Hiking & Walking St. Charles, Cisneros, Pole Creek Trails as well
No
ICON Mountain Biking St. Charles, Cisneros, Pole Creek Trails as well
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding On Cisneros and, St. Charles and Pole Creek Trails as well
Yes
ICON ATV Riding On Cisneros and Pole Creek Trails as well
Yes
ICON Picnicking Lake Isabel Picnic Grounds



Related Activities
Cisneros Trail - Cisneros Trail goes from the trailhead at Lake Isabel across Greenhorn Mountain Road to Turkey Creek Road.

Lake Isabel Picnic Ground - Lake Isabel Picnic Grounds (Day Use) are located west of Lake Isabel within a short walk of the shoreline. The facilities in the picnic grounds were refabricated in 1992 and are in excellent condition.

Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District) - Take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see a series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools on Pole Creek.



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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