Best trails in South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado

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Looking for a great trail in South San Juan Wilderness, Colorado? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in South San Juan Wilderness ranging from 3.8 to 10.2 miles and from 7,936 to 12,165 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Alberta Peak: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#2 - Red Lake Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#3 - Lake Fork Creek Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#4 - Blue Lake Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
#5 - Duck Lake Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Park near the campground or drive up rough road to the trail head. Out and back trail takes you to Duck Lake.Show more
#6 - Crater Creek Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
#7 - Green Lake to Blue Lake Loop off 250
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 35.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail has it all: hiking, river crossings, snow crossings, mud crossings, swamp crossings, the CDT, beautiful lakes, scrambling areas, random side trails that can throw you off course (but you’ll figure them out) and gorgeous views that will take your breath away if the altitude hasn’t! Trail Tips: This is a tough trail both on the ascents and descents. Trekking poles are recommended, many water crossings (some are fast and up to your thigh or higher) and there are areas that the trail is rocky on a steep slope and sometimes the trail can wash out. It’s worth the weight to have that extra stability that could prevent your trip from turning into a tragedy. Driving up: Take the CO 17 then take the 250 to the trailhead. 250 is really well kept for a dirt road, probably due to the traffic. A sedan could easily make it.Show more
#8 - Conejos River Trail
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
This short trail is used to get to the Middle Fork Conejos River Trail, North Fork Conejos River Trail, and El Rito Azul Trail - all of which connect you to the Continental Divide Trail. By combining three or more of these trails with the CDT, you can make an excellent backpacking loop 20 to 30 miles long. You'll need to cross the Conejos River and its tributaries several times so you'll need a good pair of sandals. The water is freezing. Show more
#9 - Buckles Lake Trail and Harris Lake Dam
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Gentle easy walk. Go during wet time of year when lakes are full.Show more
#10 - Coal Creek Trail #581
South San Juan Wilderness
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
Coal Creek Trail #581 is a point to point trail. You can start the trail from either side - East Fork of the San Juan River or off of Fawn Gulch Rd. The trail is for hiking or horseback and includes 3000 ft of elevation gain. The max elevation is 10900 ft. The trail is tough to follow at the peak area around the meadow so a map is required to cross this section. Show more
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