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Waterdog Lakes Trail No. 1417

Contact Info
Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
325 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201

Phone:
719-539-3591
Basics
Length:
2 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10200 feet
Elevation Range:
10200 feet to 11475 feet
Elevation Change:
1275 feet
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The lower lake is relatively small with few fish but the upper lake is great for brooktrout. Wildflowers are abundant during July and August.

Use caution when crossing the highway to the trailhead. Camping is permitted but your camp must be setup at least 100 feet from the lakes. Pack out your trash and enjoy your hike!

Details

Length:
2 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10200
Elevation Range:
10200 feet to 11475
Elevation Change:
1275
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Poncha Springs, CO take US Highway 50 west, traveling towards Monarch Pass. Stay on Hwy 50 for approximately 13.5 miles. You will pass the Monarch Mountain Lodge located on the left side of the highway. From there, continue traveling for 2.5 miles. The parking area is a small highway pullout located on the left side of the road. The trailhead is located on the opposite side of the highway and is difficult to see at highway speed. A small brown sign marks the start of the trail.


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