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Clohesy Lake Patrol - Leadville Ranger District

Responsibilities:

  • Keep an eye out for any trash along the trail, in dispersed camping areas, and trailheads. 
  • Note any trail degradation issues and user-created routes/spurs.
  • Report any illegal campfires immediately during the fire ban. 

Trail Information:

FS 381 - The Clohesy Lake Trail is one of the few remaining roads that has access to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area. The trail follows the Lake Fork Valley and ends within walking distance of Clohesy Lake. Once a private lake that was the site of a fish hatchery in the late 1880s, it has now been returned to the Forest Service and is part of public land. The lake is situated in Lake Fork Valley between Mt. Missouri (14,075') and Mt. Huron(14,003'). The views are spectacular and the fishing is equally as impressive. This area also offers access to several popular hiking trails. 

Technical rating: (3-6) Easy-Moderate

Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.