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Quick Facts

Skinny Fish- McGinnis Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 392 Feet (122.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,192 Feet (3177.1 Meters)
Length: 3.2 Miles (5.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1813
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

The Skinny Fish-McGinnis Trailhead is located off the Trappers Lake Road several miles north of Trappers Lake. The trail leaves the Skinny Fish Trailhead and climbs steeply for the first 3/4 mile until entering a relatively flat meadow. One mile from the trailhead the Lost Lakes Trail #1812 branches to the left.

The trail then follows Skinny Fish Creek through aspen, spruce-fir, and meadows for 1 mile to where the McGinnis Lake Trail branches off to the east. The Skinny Fish Trail continues 1/2 mile to Skinny Fish Lake and the McGinnis Trail continues 7/10 of a mile to McGinnis Lake. Along the trail and from either lake, the Chinese Wall is visible. This wall is 600-1000 foot cliffs forming a basin in which Skinny Fish and McGinnis Lakes lie.

Directions from Meeker: Skinny Fish-McGinnis Trail is located 48 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 39 miles to the Trappers Lake Road turn right for 8 miles to the Skinny Fish Trailhead parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 17:59:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking Skinny Fish- McGinnis Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Lake of the Woods Trail - This is a short trail which provides access to the Lake of the Woods, located several miles north of Trappers Lake.

Lost Lakes Trail (Blanco Ranger District) - The Lost Lakes Trail continues from the Skinny Fish Trail to the shoulder of Lost Lakes Peak. The trail ends at the Chinese Wall Trail.

McGinnis Lake - McGinnis Lake offers Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout fishing.

Skinny Fish Lake - Skinny Fish Lake covers 29 surface acres and offers Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout fishing.


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