Devils Creek and Lake

Lake City, Colorado 81235

Devils Creek and Lake

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"The hike to Devils Lake is a great warm-up or trial hike for anyone wanting to climb the 14,000-foot peaks near Lake City. The elevation gain is similar but at lower altitude. For those wishing a shorter hike, the old cow camp at mile 2.6 is a good turnaround point.

The Devils Creek Trail into the Powderhorn Wilderness was constructed in 1994. The relatively undisturbed Cannibal and Calf Creek Plateaus contain one of the largest, relatively at alpine tundra areas in the lower United States. The Cannibal Plateau is named after the area’s famous cannibal, Alferd Packer."

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"The hike to Devils Lake is a great warm-up or practice hike for anyone wanting to climb the 14,000-foot peaks near Lake City. The elevation gain is similar, but at lower altitude. For those wishing a shorter hike, the old cow camp at mile 2.6 is a good turnaround point. The Devils Creek Trail into the Powderhorn Wilderness was constructed in 1994. The relatively undisturbed Cannibal and Calf Creek Plateaus contain one of the largest, relatively flat alpine tundra areas in the lower United States. The Cannibal Plateau is named after the area’s famous cannibal, Alferd Packer." Read more

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Trail Information

Lake City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13.6
Distance
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
7 to 12 hours
Duration
Best from mid-June to mid-Oct; closed Apr to mid-June to protect elk calving areas
Season
Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison Field Office, Gunnison; 970-642- 4940; blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gfo.html Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison Ranger District, Lake City; 970-641-0471 or 970-944-2500; www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
Local Contacts
USGS Alpine Plateau, Cannibal Plateau, and Powderhorn Lakes
Local Maps

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Dec 2018