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Big Meadows Reservoir, CO

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Distance Loop 2.69 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,222 feet
Elevation Gain 36 feet
Accumulated Gain 93 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.0
Kokopelli Seeds 3.16
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13  2017-06-19 Steph_and_Blake
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:15am - 4:50pm
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Nearby Area Water
South Fork / Archuleta Lake Semi-Loop
0.2 mi away
19.9 mi
2,840 ft
Highland Trail
1.1 mi away
12.8 mi
2,060 ft
Hope Creek Trail
1.2 mi away
11.6 mi
2,480 ft
Kitty Creek Trail
1.6 mi away
9.8 mi
2,640 ft
Hunters Lake Loop
1.7 mi away
4.2 mi
620 ft
Lobo Overlook and Continental Divide Trail
3.5 mi away
4.0 mi
Alberta Peak
Alberta Peak
4.0 mi away
6.0 mi
1,230 ft
Beaver Creek Trail #560
7.9 mi away
7.8 mi
3,573 ft
Treasure Falls
Treasure Falls
8.0 mi away
1.4 mi
1,393 ft
Windy Pass Trail #566
8.3 mi away
4.0 mi
1,955 ft
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Looking for an easy hike to ease into the high altitude (8,000 + feet) near our camping spot in South Fork, CO we chose to make the loop around Big Meadow Reservoir. We parked near the trailhead for Archuleta Lake (trail # 839) and were pleased to see snowy peaks in the background reflecting onto the reservoir. The trail around the reservoir, a smooth dirt path, was very easy to follow with little elevation gain. We stopped numerous times to watch families of ducks, admire the wide variety of wildflowers, and stand on the bridges spanning streams flowing into the lake. A couple of hikers we met on the trail (the only ones we encountered) said they'd seen a moose at the water's edge. Alas, we weren't that fortunate. We stopped for lunch in a shady spot and enjoyed watching a chipmunk do his version of boulder-hopping. All in all, I'd say this would be an excellent hike for families and dogs and one you could do even at high noon given the abundance of dappled shade.

    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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    From South Fork, Colorado :

    Head west on US-160 W about 11 miles.
    There will be a sign on the right saying "Big Meadow".
    Turn right onto Co Rd 410 and go about 1.5 miles.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Jun 25 2017 2:31 pm
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