- East of Pagosa Springs
- 20 mile roundtrip
- 11 to 12 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 9100 feet
- Elevation Change:
- -3000 feet
- Summer - Fall
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- New Mexico
Ten miles in length from trailhead to the Continental Divide Trail, this trail goes up the north fork of Fish Creek to Fish Lake (at mile 5), then on to the Continental Divide. There are several stream crossings and steep grades. Highest point is 12,100 feet; total ascent is 3,000 feet.
Map + Directions
From Pagosa Springs, go south on U.S. Hwy. 84 for eight miles then right on Blanco Basin Road (FDR 657). Travel ten miles, then right on Castle Creek Road (FDR 660). At the junction with the road to Opal Lake, stay to the left. During wet weather, you may wish to park at the junction and walk from there. This section of road is very slippery and sometimes impassable when wet. The annual mudslide at the crossing at Castle Creek often closes the road.