Waterdog Lakes

Salida, Colorado

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The short, steep, and semi-strenuous trail to the three lakes that make up Waterdog Lakes is a favorite with local snowshoers and skiers in the Salida and Poncha Springs area. Named for the tiger salamanders (aka waterdogs) that are found in these lakes, this trail features a 1,059-foot elevation gain in just less than 2 miles. Because the trail is ungroomed and may be covered in a foot or more of snow, it’s a favorite for snowshoers and some skinny-ski aficionados looking to enjoy the hike up to catch stunning views of the Continental Divide.
Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails

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Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails

by Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon (Falcon Guides)

The short, steep, and semi-strenuous trail to the three lakes that make up Waterdog Lakes is a favorite with local snowshoers and skiers in the Salida and Poncha Springs area.

Named for the tiger salamanders (aka waterdogs) that are found in these lakes, this trail features a 1,059-foot elevation gain in just less than 2 miles. Because the trail is ungroomed and may be covered in a foot or more of snow, it’s a favorite for snowshoers and some skinny-ski aficionados looking to enjoy the hike up to catch stunning views of the Continental Divide.

© 2013 Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Salida
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 10,326 feet
Top Elevation: 11,385 feet
Local Contacts: San Isabel and Gunnison National Forests
Trail/Surface Quality: Ungroomed, sometimes deep snow
Driving Directions: Directions to Waterdog Lakes

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