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Quick Facts

Spud Lake Trail

Average Time: 2-3 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 600 Feet (187.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,900 Feet (3397.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.0 Miles (1.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 661
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Engineer Mountain

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General Description

The trail (marked 661 on the San Juan National Forest Recreation Map) leaves the bottom of a small draw and climbs out to the northeast. The trail passes through aspen forests and skirts large rock outcroppings while following a small creek that drains from the lake. The lake is stocked, and fishing is fair. The view to the south is of the Hermosa Cliffs, Animas Valley and West Needle Mountains.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel 29 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550 to Forest Road 591 (Old Lime Creek Highway), which takes off on the right side of the road at the curve past Cascade Village. Follow for approximately 3 miles to the trailhead which is on your left in a flat area across from a beaver pond.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Early Summer through Mid-Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Scenic and short around some beaver ponds. Good for exploring with kids. Updated: 2003-09-03 12:16:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fishing is fair in this stocked lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Spud Lake Trail

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Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


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