DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,484 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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11 months ago

The South Fork Clear Creek TH to the Lake Ann trail is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is varied, the views of the Three Apostles are spectacular, and there are many gorgeous spots to take a breather and have a snack, including the small falls you have to cross, and the large granite rocks overlooking the creek after the falls. If you take the detour to Lake Ann, rather than hike over the Continental Divide, the hike is more moderate-to-hard than hard. Well worth the effort. The Banker Mine is a fun detour on the way in.