The Stout Lakes sit above timberline in a narrow steep sided cirque near the top of the Sangre De Cristo range. Below the lakes, the creek follows waterfalls and small, narrow canyons. The trail is in good shape along the Rainbow Trail and for the first 3.5 miles of Stout Lakes trail. The last 1.5 mile is steep and rocky and not recommended for horses.
This trail is difficult, very steep in some areas and is recommended as an over-night trip. Elevation (at the trailhead) is 8,200’ and the lake elevation is 11,761’. The length (one way) to lower Stout Lake, from trailhead on the Rainbow Trail, is 5 miles. Fishing success is fair at these lakes.
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This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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