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Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
325 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
2 miles
1.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
11000 feet
Elevation Range:
11000 feet to 11554 feet
Elevation Change:
554 feet
Summer to Fall


Both of these lakes are beautiful! Neither lake has fish present but eventually both lakes will be stocked with native greenback cutthroats. This area is great for an overnight backpack trip and some relaxing time spent at a couple of high-elevation lakes.

2 miles
1.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
11000 feet to 11554
Elevation Change:
Summer to Fall
Additional Details:

Boss Lake is also accessible via Forest Road 235 but this access is very rocky, rough and narrow. Access on this road is discouraged.

Basic Directions

From Poncha Springs, take US Highway 50 west for about 12 miles to the town of Monarch. Turn right on Forest Road 230 (Middle Fork). This road is located on the north side of Hwy 50, across from the Monarch Mountain Lodge. The road is 4-wheel drive, only and hikers with low clearance vehicle should park and walk up the road to the Boss Lake trailhead. The trailhead is located about approximately 1 mile up the road. The hike to Boss Lake is about 1 mile in length. To get to Hunt Lake, follow the trail along the east side of Boss Lake and watch for a small sign that indicates the trail to Hunt Lake.

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