Lakes of the Clouds

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Lakes of the Clouds

Lakes of the Clouds Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Three very pleasant high-altitude lakes on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the goal of this hike. The lakes are situated on the edge of timberline in a high alpine valley that is almost completely surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks. One of the peaks, Spread Eagle Peak (13,423 ft.) is only 0.6 mile southeast of the lower lake, and is a popular climb for those looking for an additional challenge. All three lakes also support a thriving population of cutthroat trout, and if you want to spend more time in the area you will find some nice camping spots beneath the trees on the north side of the lower lake. From the trailhead a short spur trail proceeds west through a grove of aspen trees for about 100 yards before joining the Rainbow Trail. The Rainbow Trail is a popular 100-mile-long ATV route that runs just outside the wilderness boundary along the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristos. Many of the footpaths that enter these mountains begin on the Rainbow Trail, so it is frequently used by backpackers and ATV riders alike."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,230 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6.5 hours
Midsummer through mid fall. The trail is generally covered with snow from late November through early July.
Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Area, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
Beckwith Mountain, Electric Peak (USGS)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018