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Waterdog Lakes Trail #1417, CO

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Distance One Way 1.48 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,376 feet
Elevation Gain 1,018 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,018 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.87
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Sun  7:16am - 4:45pm
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The Waterdog Lakes trail is a popular day hike for local residents and visitors to the area. The hike to the lakes is a steady climb. The lower lake is relatively small with few fish but the upper lake is great for brook trout. Wildflowers are abundant during July and August. Use caution when crossing the highway to the trailhead.

The hike to Waterdog Lakes is a short one but the steady climb will give hikers a workout. This is a great hike with a picnic at the lower lake. Follow the trail around the lake and hike up to the upper lake. The views of the Continental Divide and Banana Mountain are incredible!


The hike to Waterdog Lakes is short for most backpack trips but the lakes are great places to visit for an overnight trip. Most hikers don't bother hiking up to the upper lake.
Please camp away from the lakeshore and leave a clean campsite when you depart.

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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.

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    From Poncha Springs, CO take US Highway 50 west, traveling towards Monarch Pass. Stay on Hwy 50 for approximately 13.5 miles. You will pass the Monarch Mountain Lodge located on the left side of the highway. From there, continue traveling for 2.75 miles. Watch for a dirt pullout on the left side of the highway. The trail is located across the highway from the parking pullout. If you reach the turn-off to Monarch Park campground, you have gone to far.

    Parking is available for about 8 vehicles along the edge of the highway.
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