Lobo Overlook and Continental Divide Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Creede, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September.
We went on Oct 5 when snow had covered the trail. It was cold and windy in parts, but much of our route was well shielded. The views from the continental divide trail were spectacular.
Note: the coldest and most windy part was on the overlook itself. The trail is actually more friendly, from a wind perspective.
Great views and amazing flowers. My son and I hiked back about three miles before the clouds (and thunder) started rolling in. It's mostly downhill, so prepare for the uphill trek back to the microwave station. It's a quad burner back up for sure....But well worth it.
9am start, cool,distant views & meadows with wildflowers. snow berms for dogs to play in. Walked 2 miles in. Windy on Continental divide returning but not on trail.
I liked it. Did not love it. Always windy on crest trails. No goal. Just out till tired and back. Trail was easy on feet but working at above 11,000 makes everything more difficult. Lovely flowers and peaceful deer. High alpine meadows see just right for a bear.
Lobo trail takes you to the CDT which id the cream. Great terrain, endless mind blowing views, the definition of a high alpine trail. Colorado in general has some of greatest terrain for riding and hiking but SW Colorado is pretty much the center of the universe and this portion of the CDT proves that. Starting at 11,700 flat landers beware. Be safe in the monsoon months and start early.
This trail is actually closer to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and is easily accessible from US Hwy 160 in the summer months. Headed East from Pagosa Springs on US 160, travel up to Wolf Creek Pass and just past the USFS marker for the Continental Divide turn to the left on USFS Road 402. Proceed to the top, enjoy Lobo Overlook and then park by the microwave station to access the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the north side of the microwave station. There is a log book station at the trail head and it is best that you sign in if your hoofing alone. The elevation at the microwave tower is 11,750 so be prepared. I hiked about four miles in and then back. The CDT is well worn and an easy to moderate hike if your acclimated to the altitude. You also need to watch for horseback riders on some of the steeper slopes. The trail can be narrow in places and you'll need to find a place to let them by.