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Park County Colorado Hiking Trails

Gibson Lake Trail #633

Pike & San Isabel National Forest, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands, National Forest in Colorado

Available for hiking & horseback riding, the 2.4 mile Gibson Lake Trail (#633) follows the Lake Fork drainage to a lake nestled in a high tundra bowl. Gibson Lake Trail is well-established and climbs at a steady, moderately steep grade.

Just below the parking area Gibson Lake Trail crosses the headwaters of the North fork of the South Platte River.

From that point until you reach the tree line the Lake Fork drainage will be to the south (left) of the trail as you ascend. At about 1.75 miles the trail reaches a fork where you will bear left (the right fork is an unmarked trail leading up to the Continental Divide). At about 2 miles Gibson Lake Trail reaches the tree line. Soon after reaching the tree line the trail makes 3 major stream crossings. After the 3rd crossing the trail bears southwest through willows and tundra up to the self on which Gibson Lake is located. At the south end of the lake there is a long, ribbon-like waterfall drainage into Gibson Lake from a smaller lake above.

Gibson Lake Trail is rated easy.

To reach Gibson Lake Trail from Bailey Colorado, travel 14.3 miles west along Highway 285 and turn north (right) onto CR 60 (Hall Valley Road/FS120). Continue along Hall Valley Road for 6.5 miles to the trailhead.

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