Crater Lake

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Crater Lake is a 16.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, CO that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

16.7 miles 5213 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding





wild flowers


A high altitude lake set below a stunning mountain among glacial moraine fields From wherever you park along this road, continue on it on foot. The road works its way up several switchbacks before entering the valley floor. Along the way you will pass by several ruins of old buildings. I don't think there was ever much mining activity in the area so I'm not sure why all the buildings are here. Along the way you will pass 4 large rocky sections in the road that are known as the Jaws of Como Lake Road. If you are on foot it is fun to stop and watch some of the extreme 4X4s try to tackle these obstacles. The road will pass by Como Lake before treeline. Then you will ascend a headwall next to the blue lakes and along side a stunning waterfall. After ascending the headwall the trail will wander up past another small lake before suddenly opening up to views of Crater Lake set at the base of Little Bear Peak's cliffs.

2 months ago

It's so good for people who love hiking and it have beautiful views around that place