Willow Lake Trail # 865

Area Status: Open
Trailhead Sign

The Willow Lake Trail is 4.8 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 949 and ends at Upper Willow Lake. Good for a long day trip or an extended trip. Horses can get within 300 yards of the lake. Offers fishing, Willow Falls, access for climbers to Crestone Needles, Crestone Peak, Challenger Point, and Kit Carson Peaks. Also offers excellent views of the San Luis Valley.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback riding, Viewing Scenery, Viewing Wildlife, Climbing, Fishing, and Dispersed Camping

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Crestone, CO

General Information


From Alamosa take Hwy 17 to Moffat. Turn east on the Crestone Road (CR T) and follow it to Crestone. Continue past first stop sign. At the second stop sign, turn right onto Galena. Follow the gravel road 1.5 miles. 2 WD vehicles can park here. 4 WD vehicles can go another .75 miles up the road to the trailhead. South Crestone Lake Trail #860 is straight ahead. Willow Lake Trail #865 veers to the right and crosses the creek.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Mountain Climbing

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.8 miles

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  Elevation : 
9200 - 11,600