Lone Cone #426


The Lone Cone Trail #426 begins at the Lone Cone Trailhead on Forest Service Road #618 and ends in the Woods Lake Campground. The trail gradually ascends along East Beaver Creek and in about 3.8 miles it enters the Lizard Head Wilderness, where wilderness regulations apply. It continues to climb a series of switchbacks and in another 1.3 miles reaches a saddle at an elevation of 11,200 feet below Flat Top Peak which rises to 11,596 feet. It levels off and continues for another 1.5 miles before leaving the wilderness and starting it’s decent down to the Woods Lake Campground. This trail also provides scenic views of Dolores Peak, rising 13,290 feet and is a great trail to view fall colors.

At a Glance

Open Season: July
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding.
Closest Towns: Norwood, CO

General Information


Lone Cone Trailhead:

From Norwood: Travel east on State Hwy 145 for approximately 1.4 miles. Turn south onto County Road 44Z, Lone Cone Road. Continue south on 44Z for approximately 11. 6 miles. Turn east onto County Road M44, Beef Trail Road. Proceed for approximately 2.4 miles, then turn south onto County Road 46M. Follow CR 46M for approximately 2 miles to the National Forest boundary where CR 46M becomes Forest Service Road #611. Continue on FSR #611 for approximately 6 miles to the intersection with FSR #618. Follow FSR #618 for approximately 0.7 miles to the Lone Cone Trailhead.

Wood Lakes Trailhead:

From Telluride: Travel west on State Highway 145 for approximately 13 miles to County Road 57P, Fall Creek Road. Turn south onto CR 57P and continue for approximately 5.2 miles to the National Forest Boundary where CR 57P becomes Forest Service Road #618. Follow FSR #618 for another 3.3 miles to the Wood lakes Trailhead and Campground.


Lone Cone Trailhead:

T. 42 N; R. 12 W; Section: 23. U.S.G.S. Map: Little Cone. Elevation: 9,128 feet. Latitude: N37.89, Longitude: W-108.16.

Wood Lakes Trailhead:

T. 42 N; R. 11 W; Section: 23. U.S.G.S. Maps: Little Cone & Gray Head. Latitude: N37.89, Longitude: W-108.05.



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  Area/Length : 
10.7 miles

  Elevation : 
9,132 feet - 11,200 feet