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Fishing: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Columbine Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,520 Feet (785.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,720 Feet (3965.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 5.0 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 509
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Ophir, Silverton

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Columbine Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Columbine Lake
This "secret" spot is usually frequented by only a few locals due to its isolated location and difficult access. The trail consists of many steep switchbacks, then eases out into the basin below Columbine Lake. A few camp spots are available, but remember to move your tent every two days to protect the fragile tundra. Fishing is possible if you desire a trout dinner. Surrounding mountains should be attempted by experienced climbers only.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Approximately 57 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550, turn off on Ophir Pass Road (Federal Development Road #679) Follow this down across Mineral Creek until you come to a turn off to the right. Parking is best here since parking at the immediate trailhead is limited. Follow this old mining road approximately 1 mile to the unmarked trail on the left.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking A few camp spots
ICON Cold Water Fishing Columbine Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Columbine Lake Trail

More Information

Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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