Columbine Lake Trail (509)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail is difficult to access and steep. It consists of many steep switchbacks, and then eases out into the basin below Columbine Lake. Water is fairly scarce, but it is there. A few camp spots are also there, and tents should be moved if you plan to stay more then two days, because of the fragile tundra. A trout dinner is a consideration for the fishing fan. Columbine Lake is rated good for brook trout. Only experienced mountaineers should climb the surrounding peaks. As with all high-altitude areas, storms can move in rapidly, bringing severe wind, lightning, rain, snow, or hail any time of the year. Know before you go and plan accordingly.

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Maximum elevation: 12,800 feet
  • Minimum elevation: 10,200 feet

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Non-motorized
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

From Durango: Approximately 57 miles north of Durango on Hwy 550, turn off on Ophir Pass Road. Follow this down across Mineral Creek and back left until you come to a turn to the right. Parking is best here, since parking at the immediate trailhead is limited. Follow this old mining road about 1 mile north to the unmarked trail on the left.




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  Area/Length : 
5 miles

  Elevation : 
10,200 feet - 12,800 feet