Willis Gulch Trail #1473

Area Status: Open

This 5.5 mile trail is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake. The trailhead is shared with Little Willis Gulch with hiking access to Hope Pass. The first part of the trail is very steep.

This hike is part of Leadville Ranger District's Suggested Day Hikes.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: June-September
Closest Towns: Twin Lakes & Leadville, CO
Information Center: Leadville Ranger District

General Information


The trailhead can be found 2 miles west of Twin Lakes Village on US Highway 82. Look for a signed parking lot (Willis Gulch Trailhead) to the left (south). The trail is accessed south across the bridge over Lake Creek. Follow the road to the trail on the left side. The first part of the trail is fairly steep.

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