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

Quick Facts

South Colony Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,040 Feet (3441.4 Meters) South Colony Road
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 990 Feet (308.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,030 Feet (3750.0 Meters) Upper South Colony Lake
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1339
Usage: Heavy
USGS Map: Crestone Peak

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General Description

South Colony Lake - 8.95
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South Colony Lake - 8.95
South Colony Trail creates a triangular loop that takes you into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. At one time the road continued another mile past the trailhead. Now it ends at a creek crossing. There is parking here and dispersed camping. Remember to treat stream water before drinking.

Before the creek, due west, is the 1.5 mile long trail to Upper South Colony Lake. If you cross the creek, heading southwest, after about 1 mile the trail turns to the north. From there it is about 1 1/2 miles to Upper South Colony Lake.

Fishing has been reported to be good on South Colony Creek and South Colony Lakes. Horses can be seen on the road and trail.

Directions from Highway 69: Less than 6 miles south of Westcliffe on Highway 69 turn right onto County Road 119 and continue due south for miles on the paved road for 5-6 miles. At the junction, turn right on the gravel road and continue following County Road 120, which is South Colony Road. It is about 1 mile to the parking area. Five miles of the worst kind of four-wheel driving awaits you, so most people start hiking from here.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking South Colony Lakes, Trailhead
ICON Dispersed Camping Trailhead
ICON Four-Wheel Driving South Colony Road
ICON Hiking & Walking South Colony Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Only to the creek crossing
ICON Mountain Climbing Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Humbolt Peak
ICON ATV Riding Only to the creek crossing
ICON Motorcycle Riding Only to the creek crossing

Related Activities
South Colony Four-Wheel Drive Road - If you have a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle, make sure you are prepared for five miles of what could be the worst road you've ever driven.

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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