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

Quick Facts

Jefferson Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 10,700 Feet (3335.4 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) 3K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 642
USGS Map: Jefferson




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General Description

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.

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



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jacque Boldt (Colorado Springs, CO)
Time of Day: between 10am and 3pm
Length of Time: Took my time and stopped to "smell the wildflowers" alot--about and hour for half way and back..
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The trail is very scenic and affords many "resting" views of the beautiful lake...there are some spots that are hindered by dead fall and a few confusing forks in the trail, but always negotiable.
Conditions: There was some runoff from melting snow that provided relief from the heat of hiking and muddied the trail briefly--in the afternoon the flies and mosquitoes increased and discouraged from stopping too long. The trail is almost entirely shaded and offers many opportunities to access the lakeside..VERY enjoyable for this middle-aged, heavyset mom who loves to be out IN nature!
Water Availability: I carried a 20 oz bottle of water and only hiked about half way around the lake--there were several streams to cool the forehead and rinse the mouth, if you don't have an aversion to using them--I don't:-)
Recommended Clothing: I wore long pants one trip and shorts the next--received scratches with the shorts, and was a little bothered by the gusty wind that caressed the lake off and on...
Suggested Accessories: I was carrying my supplies and wished I had on a backpack so my hands were free to steady me while clamboring over deadfall, etc.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Jefferson Lake Trail - Jefferson Lake, Jefferson Creek
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Jefferson Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Jefferson Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Jefferson Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Jefferson Lake Trail
No



Related Activities
Jefferson Lake Picnic Ground - The Jefferson Lake Picnic Ground consists of 35 sites each with a table and fire grate. Most visitors use this site while fishing or boating in Jefferson Lake.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Park County Tourism Office, P.O. Box 220 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-4279

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