Comanche Trail FS1345

Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance6.7mi
Elevation Gain4,963ft
Trailhead Elevation9,040ft
Top12,784ft
Elevation Min/Max9040/12784ft
Elevation Start/End9040/9040ft

Comanche Trail FS1345

Comanche Trail (FS1345) is a hiking trail in Custer County and Saguache County, Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. It is 6.7 miles long and begins at 9,040 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,963 feet. This trail connects with the following: Rainbow Trail (FS1336), Middle Fork North Crestone Trail (FS746), Venable Trail (FS1347) and Venable Trail (FS859).

Comanche Trail (FS1345) Professional Reviews and Guides

"It is striking how abruptly these classic fault-block mountains soar above the valleys on either side. Trail: All the way."

"A scenic trail to a high lake, with access to Comanche Peak, Middle Fork of North Crestone Creek, and Venable-Comanche Loop."

Comanche Trail (FS1345) Reviews

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6/27/2010
I found it to be a very enjoyable hike. Not overly steep, but the climb is relentless as the guide states. The lake was beautiful and still had snow around parts of it. I was glad I brought the bug repellant as Lisa suggested in an earlier review as there were plenty of mosquitoes around. I didn’t venture beyond the lake on this hike as the weather was threatening and decided I had better head for cover. I think I will hike Venable Trail next and perhaps try a loop up Venable, climb Venable & Comanche peaks and then down Cottonwood Trail.
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7/1/2007
We did this trail with the Venable Lakes hike to form the Venable Comanche loop. This trail is incredibly rocky on the upper half, as it goes across rockslide after rockslide. I'm glad I had trekking poles for balance because it was easy to stumble on the rocks going down. It does have some nice views, though. For more, see my review under the Venable Lakes hike.
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8/2/2005
A rating of moderate seems accurate after treking up this trail to Comanche Lake. Although it is a well-formed trail, it is quite rocky after the first 1/2 mile. Don't forget your insect repellent as the mosquitos are plentiful during the first 1/2 mile of the hike while it parallels a beautiful run off stream with many side springs. Fortunately for us, we had sprayed ourselves from head to toe with Sawyer's Composite and didn't have much of a problem during the ascent. The descent was a different matter altogether, we're guessing it was because of the late hour in the day or maybe after a day long hike, we smelled like filet mignon. LOL Our extremeties were well covered with the Sawyers, but constant attention of the mosquitos around our heads indicated we either weren't as thorough covering this area or the call of our blood was too strong. Don't let this detour you, just cover yourself well, very well, from head to toe and you'll be fine. Believe me, it is well worth the 4.5 mile trek up, up, up. The last mile, you hike straight back into the "bowl where the lake is, it is like watching fireworks on the 4th of July with plenty of "ooohs" and "aaahhs" as you look around at the surrounding valley, wildlife, wildflowers, and geology. When you finally reach the pristine lake, which apparently has some whopping sized trout, you know it was all worth it. The surrounding walls of the lake are moss covered with a variety of flowers growing in the rich soil. There are patches of past season's snow here and there. Columbines abound. Overall, it was a great hike. Our only regret, we didn't make the effort to climb from the lake up to the summit of Comanche Peak to check out the view on top.
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Trail Information

Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
Parks
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Horn Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018