South Crestone Lake Trail

HARD 15 reviews

South Crestone Lake Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.3 miles
2,887 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


Directions from Moffat, Colorado: Take Highway 17 to Moffat. Turn east on the Crestone road and follow it to Crestone. Turn east in front of the Post Office and follow the gravel road 1 1/2 miles. 2 WD vehicles can park here; 4 WD's can go another 3/4 mile up the road to the registration box. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

27 days ago

Elusive Native cut throats ♥

2 months ago

Great hike. I never saw anyone the entire time. Lots of downed trees to deal with but otherwise not nearly as hard as this flatlander was expecting! Unbelievable views at the top!
I can say I was grateful for trekking polls. The loose rock and steep downhill would have been killer without them.

2 months ago

this trail is great access to mountains like Adams and other 13er/14ers it doesn't have many poeple on it ever really (much less then willow) and is way easier but a little longer.

2 months ago

Magnificent! The water felt warm enough to swim in of it had been sunny.

4 months ago

Great Easter hike. Great earlier season hike. Recommend microspikes from half way point on. Scenic rewards abound in last 20% of trail. Had lake all to ourselves and basked in its glory!

10 months ago

Beautiful! Only moderately hard as well, though we didn't go all the way up...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wow what a beautiful trail! Crestone is such a spiritual place and you will feel it as you meander through this beautiful mountain forest along the ice cold creek. Plenty of interesting things to discover along the way - a bridge someone made out of logs, lots of little caves and crannies in the mountain, waterfalls and a breathtaking view of an Aspen forest once you get higher up. The trail is moderately challanging but well worth it. If you find it to be difficult, just take your time and rest after the more challanging climbs because there are plenty of flats and downhills as well! Highly recomend this trail!

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