McGinnis #2213


Access McGinnis Lake via this spur off the Skinny Fish Trail #1813. The Skinny Fish Trail begins with a steep, 1-mile climb from the trailhead and then enters a relatively flat meadow following Skinny Fish Creek through aspen, spruce, fir and meadows (burned in the 2002 Big Fish Fire). The McGinnis Trail branches to the east about 2 miles from the trailhead. Follow it for .7 of a mile to McGinnis Lake. Along the trail, the 600-1000' cliffs of the Chinese Wall are visible, forming the basin in which Skinny Fish and McGinnis Lakes lie. Both lakes offer good fishing.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: McGinnis Lake. Treat all water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


From Meeker, CO take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right (east) on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 39 miles. Turn south on Trappers Lake Road #205, and travel 8 miles to the Skinny Fish Trailhead parking area. 

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