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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Pagosa Springs, CO
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Description: Do not confuse this with a similar name/lake/trail near Aspen, CO
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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You can drive to the start of this trail head or you can 4 wheel through Elwood Pass up to the trail head. (The hike alone will take about 4 hours, if you include the 4 wheeling part through Elwood Pass, along with the drive in and out of town, it will take you about 9-10 hours). Once you start... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was hesitant to write this review because I selfishly want to keep it off the radar. It's not easy to get to the trail head which is probably why it isn't very crowded. There is a small campsite at the lake that many hikers take advantage of if they don't want to make a day hike out of it.... More

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Pagosa Springs, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

This trail departs from nearly 12'000 feet on the Continental Divide and goes pretty much downhill to the Lake then, of course, the climb back. Gorgeous alpine scenery and the setting for the lake itself is striking. It's a haul, though. Take a lunch and water and spend a few hours on this great hike

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