Waterdog Lakes Trail - Chaffee County, Colorado
A Hiking Trail Near Monarch Pass, Poncha Springs and Salida
For most people, Memorial Day weekend is the de facto beginning of summer...
but not in the mountains of Colorado!
Look at all the wonderful snow!
Today I hiked the Waterdog Lakes Trail, a relatively short hike that leads to three
lakes above timberline near the Continental Divide. This is an excellent hike
for those in Salida, Poncha Springs and
elsewhere in Chaffee County. But be warned:
There is a lot of snow on this trail throughout the winter and spring months!
Directions: The trailhead is on U.S. Highway 50, west of
Poncha Springs, Maysville and Garfield. I did not
track the mileage, but it is west of the Monarch Ski Lodge and east of the Monarch Mountain skiing area on the right (north) side.
Your topographical map will show the general area. Don't have a map? You
should be able to buy one here. (It's what I used for this hike.)
On a personal note, twice I considered turning back because
of the large amounts of snow.
In some spots, the snow was up to two feet deep with post-holing.
Not fun at all! Ahhhhhh, but I made it. Enjoy my photos of the Waterdog Lakes. :)
All the best, Steve Twitter - Facebook
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