Medano Lake

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Medano Lake

Medano Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An easy trail up an open valley to a high lake and access to Mount Herard in Great
Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve."

Medano Lake Trip Reports

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7/15/2016
I lived in Oklahoma last year when I was on this trail and the elevation was the hardest part of this trail for me to over come. I a few of the switch backs are steep but over all this is an excellent in and out trail great views.
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7/7/2007
A beautiful area! The hike is short but sweet and there is a great spot to camp on the right hand side just below tree line. Eventhough it was the weekend after the 4th, we only saw 3 other people on the trail and they were just day hikers.

4x4 is needed to get to the trailhead.
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Trail Information

Westcliffe
Nearby City
7
Distance
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
Best June to September
Season
9,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,500 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Medano Pass
Local Maps

Trail Log