Hunts Lake is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area, east of Salida. The main access for this trail is via Bear Creek and the Rainbow Trail. The hike in to the lake is approximately 9.5 miles. The trail is in good shape along the Rainbow Trail and for the first two miles of Hunts Lake Trail. The final part is steep and rocky and not recommended for horses. The trail junction is not well defined from the Rainbow Trail.
The trail is closed by heavy snow from November through June.
The hike to Hunts Lake is strenous but well worth it. The lake sees few visitors during the summer months. Fishing for native cutthroats can be a challenge but avid anglers will enjoy this lake. The lake sits in a rocky basin and is above timberline.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.