Cotton Creek Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A long, gentle trail to a scenic lake. The trail is wide and usually well maintained for much of its length. It is popular with horse and llama trekkers and outfitters. When wet, the last mile to the lake can be very muddy and rutted. This is one of the longest trails and largest drainages in the range. The valley carries one of the largest creeks and has the most extensive aspen groves.
From the trailhead, hike east up the wide trail (749) to the right (south) of the creek. Then cross over to the left (north) side, using the usually good log or rock crossings. Climb up the gentle valley past remnants of beaver ponds and man-made reservoirs with views of De Anza Peak ahead to the left and Mount Owen above to the right. As the valley begins to bend to the right (south), hike past several small meadows and beyond the Banjo Lake Trail (856), on the left (northeast) at 5.0 miles."