Galena Lake, Pike/San Isabel National Forests

 Trek into the Holy Cross Wilderness and visit a crystal clear alpine lake resting at over 11,000 feet.  With Galena Mountain rising to your west this is truly a classic Colorado experience. A unique opportunity to amble in an area used by the elite US Army 10th Mountain Division for winter survival and mountain combat training during World War II. This trip follows a segment of the Colorado Trail/CDT and will take participants to Galena Lake and highlight work completed by CDTA and CTF volunteers over the past few years.  Contact: CDTC at 1-720-340-CDTC (2382) or the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest’s Leadville Ranger District 719-486-7417.

 Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 5 miles round trip, as an out and back.
Family Friendly Option:
No modifications necessary unless a shorter distance is preferred. 

Directions: From Leadville take US 24 West (south) towards Buena Vista. Turn right on RD 300 West at the sign for the Leadville Fish Hatchery. Make a right on RD 5. At the yield sign, make a left on the paved road (RD 4). A sign for Turquoise Lake is in the median. Stay on RD 4 and follow signs for the Timberline Trailhead located on the west side of the lake.

Maps:  USGS 7.5 Quadrangles: Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir, Trails Illustrated Map # 126-Holy Cross, Reudi Reservoir

Other Information:  Pike/San Isabel National Forest