Woods Lake Trail

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Woods Lake Trail #406

This trail offers a popular approach into the Lizard Head Wilderness. It climbs through spruce and fir forest for the first two miles. At about mile 3, the trail intersects with the Elk Creek Trail #407 above tree line where one can see western views of Lone Cone Peak and the La Sal Mountains. From this point, many people make a loop by continuing down the Elk Creek Trail then turning west onto the Wilson Mesa Trail #421. The Woods Lake Trail ultimately climbs steeply over a saddle and intersects with the Navajo Lake Trail #635. It is then a short hike down to Navajo Lake where there are opportunities for dispersed camping.

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding only
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Operated By: Forest Service

Directions: From Placerville, CO, take State Hwy 145 east 2.4 miles to Forest Road #618 (Fall Creek Road.). Turn right onto Fall Creek Road. and go 7.4 miles to Forest Road #621. Turn onto Road #621 and go 1.2 miles to Woods Lake Campground. Woods Lake Trail begins across the road from the campground entrance.

Woods Lake Campground – Norwood RD

Woods Lake Campground is situated next to Woods Lake in a dense aspen forest.  It has 3 loops with 41 campsites.  The main loop has a group site, 4 double sites, and pull-through sites.  The horse loop has 5 sites, 5 paddocks, 2 hay racks, watering troughs, pull-through sites and a large parking lot.  This parking area is ideal for horse trailers and serves as a trailhead for the Woods Lake Trail.

The campground is an excellent base camp for hikers and equestrians to access the Lizard Head Wilderness via the Lone Cone Trail or Woods Lake Trail.  Mountain bikers and motorcyclists can access the Wilson Mesa Trail, only .5 miles from the campground.  Fishing opportunities are within walking distance of the campground at nearby Woods Lake.  The campground is surrounded by dramatic mountain views of the Lizard Head Wilderness. The “quaking” leaves and majestic fall colors from the aspen trees add to the campground’s allure.

Telluride, a full-service community, is located about 8 miles east on State Highway 145 from the Fall Creek Road intersection.

Current Conditions: Equestrian Sites (32-36.). Campground will close 10/26/2015. No water, No fee. Portajohns and dumpster are provided.
Area Amenities: Toilets
Open Season: Late May – October 26
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: UNKNOWN Toilet (4)
Operated By: Consessionaire


From Placerville, CO take Colorado State Highway 145 east 2.4 miles to Forest Road #618 (Fall Creek Road). On Forest Road #618 go 7.4 miles to Forest Road #621. Travel on Forest Road #621 about 2 miles to the campground.

Campground Camping

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Sites 39 single site(s), 2 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites 3 of 41


  • Trail Measurement: 4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 375207N
  • Compass Longitude: 1080258W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.8686045
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.0495157
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,896 to 3,520
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,500 to 11,550

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    4 Miles
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  • Elevation in Feet
    9,500 to 11,550
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,896 to 3,520
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