Horn Creek to Horn Lakes

MODERATE 7 reviews

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.

9.7 miles
2,841 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips






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.

6 days ago

9 days ago

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.

Tuesday, September 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.

7 days ago

10 months ago

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015