Fish Lake Trail No. 574


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Fish Lake Trail Map (click here)

Length: 11.1 -miles (one-way)

Elevation Stats: Elevation Gain 2,050 ft  (9,503 ft to 11,553 ft) with Ascent 4,220 ft  and Descent 1,707 ft

Trailhead Facilities: None

Short Trail Summary: This hike description is to junction with the Continental Divide Trail No. 813.

Plan for a long uphill with an elevation gain of approximately 4,200-feet in the first eight miles. This hike begins in open meadow with aspen stands before transitioning to spruce-fir forest. You are near Fish Creek, crossing it and its tributaries a few times, hikers will soon be above and out of reach of the waters. After five miles, the trail begins a switchback progression before being thrust above tree line and more switchbacks that are a trail construction benefit. Views to Gunsight Pass and the Chalk Mountains give perspective to a hiker’s small size. Reaching a saddle above Fish Lake, the trail wraps around its western edge before heading to the plateau and wide-open tundra with views wide and far. The trail continues to be easy to follow passing several small ponds, criss-crossing meadows and small tree stands before ending at the CDT.

Directions: From US 160, turn south onto US 84. Travel 8-miles and turn northeast onto Blanco Basin Road (CR 326), a gravel road. After 9.7-miles turn south onto Castle Creek Road (FS 660). Continue an additional 6.7-miles to the end of FS 660 and a parking area.

Driving Directions Map (click here)

2 thoughts on “Fish Lake Trail No. 574

  1. To date, info is that the trail has been cleared almost to Fish Lake by the Forest Service, San Juan Backcountry Horsemen volunteer Mike Pluth and Greg Wells with other Blanco River Ranch employees. People working together getting it done.


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