Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail

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Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, CO that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.

3.8 miles 2000 feet Out & Back



fly fishing


rock climbing






wild flowers



Directions from Cottonwood Creek: From Cottonwood Creek on the Baca Grant. Stop at the Administrative and Maintenance Building for permission and directions to the beginning of the trail.

2 months ago

This hike is well worth it. Not to far and not to difficult. I was there the last week in July and the fish were rising all over. I will definitely be back and bring my fishing rod next time.

1 year ago

4 years ago

Absolutely worth the trip. Beautiful views and good fishing. Lower Sand Creek Lake is nestled right next to Tijeras Peak.You will also see Music Mtn, Milwaukee Peak and Marble Mtn near the two lakes. Upper Sand Creek Lake is a further .7 miles. The Upper lake hike has less of a ridge to climb but is further in distance. Again offers breathtaking scenery in addition to great fishing. Encountered others on the trail as they were headed back to the lot early in the am. Otherwise had the entire two lakes to ourselves.