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Bushnell Lakes Trail #1402, CO

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9 feet
Elevation Gain 2,532 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,601 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11.47
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Sun  7:11am - 4:43pm
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This trail is difficult and steep; it can be done as a day-hike, but is recommended for an over-night trip. Elevation at the trailhead is 8,200’ and the lowest lake elevation is 11,500’.

Lakes are just below timberline, with a small pond and a waterfall between them. The uppermost lake is above timberline in a narrow steep sided valley near the top of the Sangre De Cristo range.


Both the Rainbow trail and the Bushnell trails are in good shape, but the Bushnell trail is steep.

The length (one way) to lower Bushnell Lake, from trailhead at the road (on the Rainbow Trail), is 5.5 miles.
Fishing success is fair at these lakes.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Drive east 20 miles from Salida on U.S. Highway 50 and turn off just west of Coaldale, (turn at the sign for Hayden Creek Campground). Parking is available just below the campground please do not park in the campground area during the heavy use of the summer months. The Rainbow Trail access is on the north side of the road, before reaching the campground area. There is also an access point at the campground. The Bushnell trail junction is approximately 2.5 miles from this road junction and is not marked with a sign on the Rainbow Trail (but is an obvious trail to the southwest) you will see a Wilderness Boundary sign and a register about 25’ from the Rainbow.
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