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Island Lake - San Isabel, CO

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Trailhead Elevation 11,986 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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22  2015-06-20 Azbackcountry
Author Azbackcountry
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Trips 11 ( 77 miles )
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:20am - 6:49pm
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small alpine lake
by Azbackcountry

Island Lake is a small alpine lake nestled in a valley right beneath Mt. Aetna and offers spectacular views of Monumental Peak, Pomeroy Mountain and Calico Mountain.


Follow forest service road 240 that parallels the North Fork of the Arkansas river and has plenty of dispersed camping sites along it's length, approx. 10 miles up to the North Fork Reservoir and the campground that sits right on the bank of the lake.

There is a hiking trail to Island Lake that departs from the North Fork Reservoir on the West side of the lake or one can simply hike a mile up 240 from the North Fork Reservoir and then go off trail from there. In spring time there are myriads of wildflowers blooming and plenty of snow melt that creates marshy areas all around the 5 surrounding lakes in the area. Water can be filtered out of any of the 5 lakes surrounding the area, the NF Arkansas, or any of the surrounding creeks.

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2015-06-21 Azbackcountry

    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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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Poncha Springs head west on US 50 for about 5 miles until you reach forest service road 240 on the North side of the road. 240 is paved for the first 3 miles or so and then it turns into dirt road for the next 10 miles up to North Fork Reservoir where there is a campground, or you can continue another mile up the road to the end and to Billings Lake.
    page created by Azbackcountry on Jun 21 2015 5:16 pm
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