Upper Sand Creek Lake Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Upper Sand Creek Lake Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

trail running

lake

views

Directions from Cottonwood Creek: From Cottonwood Creek on the Baca Grant. Stop at the Administrative and Maintenance Building for permission and directions to the beginning of the trail.

camping
1 month ago

Just got back today from an overnight camp trip. Great weather beautiful hike. Fish were every where could not catch one to save our butts. Recommend this hike to any one for a day and or a couple nights camping!

backpacking
1 month ago

Mountain and lake views, beautiful area, hike was well worth it. Camping spots are limited and found the perfect spot, the site could hold 3 - 5 tents. The 27 Aug recorded track is the location of the campsite.

camping
2 months ago

"I love to sit on a mountain top and gaze. I don't think of anything but the people I care about and the view" - Julian Lennon

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Did this hike in late June. We were nervous about the snowpack around 11,000ft but there was hardly anything, just a few patche on the mountains surrounding the lake. Only few fishermen on the lake, otherwise we were alone. Trail starts pretty steep up onto Music Pass, then drops about 500ft into the valley. From there you can either head to Lower Sand Lake or continue on 1.7 miles to the upper lake. Had to cross sand creek twice but nothing to difficult and there are a ton of switchbacks, so the hike doesn't feel that rough, definitely a workout though. Would absolutely do it again, highly recommended.

7 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2012

Beautiful! A bit wet but worth it!