Squaw Lake Trail #890

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Squaw Lake trail is 3.8 miles long, beginning at a junction 6.5 miles in on Squaw Creek Trail (#814) and ending at the Continental Divide Trail (CDT, #813) Squaw Lake Trail lies deep within the Weminuche Wilderness, with good access to camping near Squaw Lake (please abide by Weminuche Wilderness regulations and avoid camping within 100 ft of any water source), fishing, and the CDT.


The trail immediately crosses the Squaw Creek after the junction.  There is no bridge to cross; horses and hikers will have to wade across.  Use caution during high water and note that the creek may not always be crossable. 


After crossing the Squaw Creek the trail makes a steady, gradual climb.  Frequent switchbacks reduce the steepness of the 1,500 feet elevation gain from the trail’s beginning to Squaw Lake. From Squaw Lake to the Continental Divide, the lower segment is very steep for about ½ mile after crossing the Squaw Lake Dam. The upper segment is a gradual, steady climb to the Continental Divide.


The final segment is not defined well, but hikers should have little trouble spotting the Continental Divide Trail in the open area above Squaw Lake.


A parking area is located within Thirty Mile Campground and pack stock unloading and packing facilities are located ¼ and ½ mile, respectively, along the Rio Grande Reservoir Road just before reaching the campground.


While this trail is regularly maintained, due to the Spruce Bark Beetle, there may be downed trees at any time.  Use caution when camping or traveling through this area as dead or damaged trees present serious hazards.


Permitted use: foot and horse travel

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: at 30 Mile Campground
Restroom: at 30 Mile Campground
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Creede: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then 10 miles west on Road #520 to the 30 mile Campground. Take the Squaw Creek Trail for 6 miles to the south. The Squaw lake trail goes west at this point to the Lake itself and beyond to the divide.



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Camping trailer at 30 Mile Campground
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Parking at 30 Mile Campground
Toilets at 30 Mile Campground
Drinking water at 30 Mile Campground

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  Area/Length : 
3.8 miles

  Elevation : 
10400 - 12400