This trail circles Jefferson Lake and provides access for fishing. The state of Colorado stocks Jefferson Lake with rainbow trout. The lake is surrounded by 12,000' and 13,000' mountains. A stream, Jefferson Lake Fork, enters the lake on the northern side. The trail is best defined on the eastern shore and makes a nice stroll for persons who do not ordinarily hike. On the western shore the trail is more rocky. Jefferson Lake is a popular area with picnic tables and restrooms. Because of this heavy use, camping is not allowed near the lake. Several campgrounds are open on the way to the lake.
Directions from Fairplay: Jefferson Lake Trail is located approximately 25 miles northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. Visitors may reach this picnic ground by taking State Highway 285 north from Fairplay 17 miles to the town of Jefferson. Then drive west on County Road 35 for approximately 2 miles to Forrest Developed Road 37. Travel northwest on 37 for 6 miles to the picnic ground and traihead.
Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .