This trail starts near the bottom of Coal Bank Pass on the Durango side. The San Juan National Forest is a U.S. National Forest covering over 1,878,846 acres (2,935.7 sq mi, or 7,603.42 km²) in western Colorado. 6:39 . Down hill trail. Visit the CPW website for more information. Watch over the next few weeks for separate articles on some of the area’s more popular trails with descriptions and photos. It borders the Uncompahgre National Forest to the north and the Rio Grande National Forest to the east. California Pass San Juan Mountains - Duration: 5:57. The Best Alpine Lakes in Colorado - Duration: 6:39. I visited the San Juan National Forest via a car ride between Durango & Silverton and it was as beautiful as it was refreshing despite the cold. Be prepared to walk slowly or to stop often to catch your breath during the first half of the trail. At an altitude of 8,250 feet, it is truly a mountain lake, with all the associated wind, weather and cold water that goes with a lake so near peaks of the Rockies. Williams Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA), Andrews Lake SWA, Haviland Lake SWA and Joe Moore Reservoir SWA are located on the San Juan National Forest, but are managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Ice Lake, about 6 miles west of Silverton in the heart of the San Juan Range, is one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado and a gem for hikers. 2011-365-174 House in the Woods (5867084249).jpg 4 752 × 3 168 ; 3,9 Mio. The 1.8-million-acre San Juan National Forest encompasses much of this range. The highlights of San Juan National Forest include Chimney Rock National Monument. The Ice Lakes Basin Trail is located near Silverton, Colorado, within the Columbine Ranger District of San Juan National Forest. Proposed treatments include fuels reduction and vegetation management activities such as thinning, mowing, mastication, and tree harvests. First 2 miles are tough but once you get up to the saddle it's much easier. Dolores, CO 81323 Hiking the Ice Lakes TrailOur San Juan National Forest hidden gem is Island Lake, which is one of four amazingly incandescent bodies of glacial water (Ice, Clear and Fuller lakes are the other three) that can be found in the Upper Ice Lake Basin near the town of Silverton. Hiking Trails on the San Juan National Forest by Norm Vance. Camping in areas that are outside of campgrounds is generally allowed per the regulations listed inside. It climbs steadily through aspens and pine trees, and traverses under the East Face of Engineer Mountain. The open meadows are filled with wildflowers in the late summer, providing beautiful views and excellent opportunities for photography. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/colorado/san-juan-national-forest/fishing San Juan National Forest moderate (164) Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m Highland Mary Lakes is a series of high altitude lakes, tarns and awesome views. The trail wastes no time gaining elevation, climbing 1,600-ft. in 2-miles through forests and wildflower-filled meadows to the beautiful Lower Ice Lakes basin. Please be sure to come prepared and to check the weather forecast ahead of time for this trail. The forest's Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado at 499,771 acres (202,250 ha). La forêt nationale de San Juan, en anglais San Juan National Forest, est une forêt nationale américaine située dans le sud-ouest du Colorado.Couvrant 7 603 km 2, cette aire protégée créée le 3 juin 1905 est gérée par le Service des forêts des États-Unis Box 310 SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters rushed to a new wildfire — this one burning in the San Juan National Forest. Rich history and jaw-dropping nature combine in the San Juan National Forest at nearly every turn. Pagosa Springs, CO  81147 Explore the most popular lake trails in San Juan National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Durango, Bayfield, and Dolores are the nearest major towns. Fishing: A myriad of rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams fill the San Juan National Forest, giving visitors plenty of perfect fishing spots. Topo Maps when possible. Hikers have a plethora of options to choose from in the San Juans, and itineraries are likely to be shaped by realities like your direction of travel, prevailing weather patterns, and snowpack. 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