Horn Creek to Horn Lakes is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,841 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

From Westcliffe, go south approximately 3 miles on Hwy. 69,turning right onto Schoolfield Rd. Follow this road for 0.9 mile and turn left on Colony Ln. After 2 miles, turn right onto Horn Rd. for about 4.5 miles to its end near Horn Creek Ranch. Bear right at the entrance to the ranch and continue about a hundred yards to the trailhead.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail. Planned to do an overnight on 5/22 however lost the trail about .5 mi from the lake. Trail free of snow up until then. Too much slushy snow and bushwhacking at the end (we had a late start too). Go early for good snow! Will definitely come back! Gorgeous views up top.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike and amazing views! it is uphill but what mountain isn't? Get out and hike!

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

This trip is a strong uphill on a trail that is overwhelmed with rocks and hard to get into a good flow. For 4 miles you are in trees with glimpses of mountains but no real view until the top. Once at the top it is pretty but I don't feel it is worth the effort required compared to other hikes in the area. Plus side is the drive in is on pavement most of the way. Downside is you have to dodge horse crap in the parking lot

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Sun Aug 12 2018

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Thu Aug 09 2018

The roads to the TH are mostly paved followed by a short section of an easy dirt road. Although this area is beautiful, I'm only giving it 3 stars because my friend and I lost the trail. We hiked it on July 29. Our guidebook ("Hiking Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Wilderness" Falcon Guide) had incorrect directions--the correct directions are to go right at the Rainbow Trail and then left on the Horn Lakes Trail. So with the extra detour of going the wrong direction at the beginning, this hike didn't start off well. There is a bathroom at the TH. Only a few downed trees on the trail, lots of wildflowers, and even wild strawberries that were quite yummy! Complete solitude--we only saw 2 other hikers on this trail the entire time. AROUND TREELINE, THERE IS A SECOND CREEK CROSSING--MAKE SURE YOU GO RIGHT AND CROSS THE CREEK! We went the wrong way and continued straight ahead on the well-worn trail that ended at a pond in the beautiful basin. We should have turned around and backtracked, but we thought the trail was overgrown (like some others in the area) and thought we'd soon find the lakes. No such luck! We bushwacked for 1 1/2 hours through thick bushes, mud, and what must have been game trails with lots of (bear?) poop, and we finally gave up when we figured out we were on the opposite side of the basin where the lakes were and it was time to head down.

hiking
Tue Sep 03 2013

Beautiful mountain, but gets steep and rocky near the summit. Not much foot traffic, great if you like to hike in secluded areas. Beware of the rain, it's almost daily in the summer.

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