Brush Creek Lakes is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until September.
The lakes sit below timberline at the base of Thirsty and Lakes Peaks. These lakes are large, relative to the others found in this range. The areas close to the lakes show signs of heavy use in the past years, current regulations now prohibit camping and stock within 300' of lakes and 100' of streams. These lakes get significant use on weekends and holidays in the summer months. Fishing success is fair at these lakes. The Crossover- trail climbs above the uppermost Brush Lake (to the southwest), drops over in to South Branch and eventually gets over to South Brush via Banjo Lake. This route is shown on the San Isabel National Forest Map, and is not a maintained or well defined trail. Skills in backcountry map reading and orienteering are necessary to follow the Crossover-trail.