Timberline Lake Trail


Holy Cross Timberline Lake

This 2.2 mile non-motorized trail accesses the beautiful Timberline Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. It is open to foot traffic only. Timberline Lake Trailhead is located at the western end of Turquoise Lake, just northwest of the May Queen Campground. The trail enters the Holy Cross Wilderness soon after intersecting with the Colorado Trail. Wilderness regulations apply, as well as special fishing regulations. The native Greenback Cutthroat Trout has been reintroduced into this lake and Lake Fork Creek. Fishing is catch and release only. Check with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for current regulations at:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/

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

At a Glance

Restrictions: Remember, you are within the Holy Cross Wilderness. Observe all regulations. * Party size limit is 15 * Dogs must be on a leash * Camp 100 feet from water * Organized groups must contact the Forest Service.
Closest Towns: Leadville, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: For more information on the Holy Cross Wilderness and Leave No Trace Principles, go to http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&WID=248

General Information


From Leadville, follow signs to Turquoise Lake. The Trailhead is at the western end of Turquoise Lake, just northwest of the May Queen Campground.

Recreation Map

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