Billings Lake

Bumpy, rocky road to a gorgeous alpine lake.

Total Miles
7.8

Elevation

3648.95 ft

Duration

2 to 3 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

This is a very bumpy and rocky road, so those with stock vehicles should be cautioned. You will stay mostly in the trees until the North Fork Reservoir. The final stretch of road is only wide enough for one car. Billings Lake is a stunning mountain lake with camping and fishing. There are also options for camping along the route, some near McCoy Creek. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed after the forest boundary. This trail closes in the winter for snow.

Difficulty

Easy. Bumpy embedded rock requires high clearance. Four-wheel drive and low range recommended after North Fork Reservoir.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

Head west on Highway 50 from Salida towards Monarch Pass. Bear right on paved C.R. 240 about a half mile west of mile marker 211, north of Maysville. Follow this paved road north 3.1 miles until it changes to dirt, then continue 0.7 mile to start of trail at Angel of Shavano Campground.