Venable-Comanche Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Venable-Comanche Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4071 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

washed out

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hiking
11 months ago

Thursday, July 09, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

amazing trail with waterfalls, lakes, summit views and aspen groves
easy to reach with a sedan to the trail head
its actually closer to 14 miles round trip
things i wish i knew ahead of time:
1) go late summer, we went end of june and there was still a lot of snow melt, the trails were very wet and muddy towards the top and the snow obscured a lot of trail which made for interesting guess work
2) bring bug spray, the comanche side is mosquito filled, you will get eaten alive
3) go up venable and down comanche (comanche is much steeper)
4) towards the top of venable lake the trail splits, right brings you to the lake and left brings you to phantom terrace to complete the loop. EASY TO MISS. dont miss it, this will make your life hard because phantom terrace is named because the trail is hard to find and doesnt look like it exists.
5) once over the first saddle take the trail veering left along the ridge to find comanche lake

it was beautiful and one of my favorite hikes ever

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Great track lots of elevation gain. Two Great Lakes, water falls, ridge pass, fun and challenging day hike!

mountain biking
Friday, August 23, 2013

Bike it. You'll love it. Very pretty area. Trail is not busy. Watch for bear. Loose rocks too make for a fun ride. Lots of climbing

mountain biking
Friday, August 23, 2013

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Not too hard and very pretty