Chihuahua Lake TH #78

Starting from Peru Creek Road, the Chihuahua Gulch Road continually climbs upward until it crosses a stream, where it levels off and then passes several beaver ponds and beautiful meadows. The road continues for approximately 2 miles until you come to the end at a buck and rail fence. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THIS POINT!

Continue on the trail for 1.4 miles until you reach the lake which is nestled against the headwall of the valley just below the Continental Divide. You will have views of many high alpine peaks including Grizzly, Grays and Torreys.


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Keystone, CO

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel east on HWY 6 toward Keystone. Just past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road (County Road 5). Follow Montezuma Road for approximately 4.6 miles and turn left onto Peru Creek Road (FDR 260). Follow Peru Creek Road for approximately 2.1 miles to the intersection with the old Chihuahua Gulch OHV road. Park along Peru Creek Road and hike up the road until it turns into the Chihuahua Lake Trail. If you have 4WD than you can continue up the road and park at the Upper Trailhead. Be aware this is a difficult 4WD road in some spots.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.7 miles (from upper trailhead) OR 3.4 miles (from Peru Creek Road)

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  Elevation : 
10, 477 ft. - 12,251 ft.