August 07, 2019 Slideshows » Columns

Red Lake Trail 

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Bob Falcone
3.4 miles down Forest Road 114 from CO Hwy 17, is the Red Lake Trailhead
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The parking lot for the trail is to the left of the sign
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The trailhead
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Informational kiosk at the trailhead
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Trail sign-in log
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The beginning of the trail is a two-track through a wooded area. According to a sign at the kiosk, the two track is from a Search and Rescue operation 2005. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trail.
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At about .8 miles the trail breaks out of the trees. From here to the lake the trail is wide open.
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The trail goes through the open area and at about 1.3 miles it enters the South San Juan Wilderness, marked by this rock cairn and marker sign
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The trail crosses this very photogenic creek. In late July the area was heavy with wildflowers
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After crossing the creek, enter the wilderness area. If you're on a bike, you cannot proceed past this sign.
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The trail continues through a wide open area. In the summer monsoon season the trail was wet or muddy in some sections.
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At times the trail can be hard to see, but these large cairns will guide you along
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At about 2.7 miles, Red Lake and this stunning vista. The trail goes around to the right (south side).
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Follow the trail down to the lake and this panoramic view of the lake. Return to the trailhead by retracing your steps.
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The track to the lake. Total distance is about 6.29 miles round trip with an ascent of 1415'
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The trail crosses this very photogenic creek. In late July the area was heavy with wildflowers

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