Venable-Comanche Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

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

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

washed out

hiking
3 days ago

Spectacular challenge with elevation gain , wildlife, views, clear water !!

backpacking
28 days ago

I'm not sure it gets more Colorado, than this trail. Aspen groves and pine forests, massive elevation gain potential, slightly sketchy traverse, and beautiful Alpine lakes with trout in them. One of my favorites for sure

29 days ago

Beautiful. Hiked this trail in the fall. The aspen trees were bright yellow, chill in the air. It was glorious.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, good fishing, lots of wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed the loop today (Up V, down C). Conditions and the trail were both fantastic. Lots of wildflowers, and, with the exception of one ~150 meter stretch near Comanche lake, the trail was dry. Lot of bugs in the lower elevations.

backpacking
1 month ago

In late june, there was quite a bit of snowmelt on the Comanche side. Phantom terrace is something you don't want to miss. Hiking up venable lake side and down comanche is the way to go. Hard to catch fish in the high winds, but there are fish in the lakes

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hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

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