Trout Lake – Telluride HikingTrail RunningWinter Recreation


Notes: 11.28.23 Trout Lake Railroad grade and Corral loop both groomed for skate and classic. Early season conditions exist with some thin spots and obstacles. Nordic skiing is overall good.

Trail Length
5 miles
Distance from Durango
98 miles
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Trout Lake – Telluride

Hiking, Trail Running, Winter Recreation
Durango to TH

98 Miles



Trail Length

5 Miles

Located in the surrounding area of Telluride.

Trout Lake offers great places to fish, kayak, canoe, and SUP in the summertime. Just up a few miles from the lake is the trailhead for one of the region’s most-stunning summer hikes, Hope Lake. Combine a hike and a water activity for the perfect adventure paradise day trip!

When the weather turns snowy, the Telluride Nordic Association grooms trails perfect for cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. The trailhead begins at the Historic Trestle on the southwest side of the lake. The trail follows the old Railroad grade making a small loop near Lizard Head Pass and returns back to the trailhead. The trail is considered intermediate, is pet-friendly and is approximately five miles round-trip.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.824514, 107.883066

Where's the Trailhead?


Trout Lake Parking

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio. Turn left onto Camino Del Rio/ Hwy 550.

From Camino del Rio, take US-160 W about 27 miles to CO-184 W/N Main Street in Mancos; take a right.

Follow CO-184 W for 17 miles, then turn right onto CO-145 N. Follow CO-145 N for 52 miles, then take a sharp right onto 63Ard/N Trout Lake Rd. Proceed on the access road for approximately two miles, and just beyond the lake, will be the Historic Trestle. Limited parking is a bit further where you will also find the trailhead.


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