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Waterdog Lakes Trailhead

 
Waterdog Lakes Trailhead

Page Type: Trailhead

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.53120°N / 106.3238°W

Object Title: Waterdog Lakes Trailhead

County: Chaffee County

Elevation: 10200 ft / 3109 m

 

Page By: csmcgranahan

Created/Edited: Mar 10, 2006 / Mar 10, 2006

Object ID: 179815

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Getting There

From the west take U.S. Highway 50 out of Gunnison over Monarch Pass. You will pass the Monarch Ski Resort on the left and then the Monarch Park Campground on the right. The Waterdog Lakes signed trailhead is located on the left near a large roadside gravel parking area about a quarter mile past the campground road between mile markers 202 and 203.

From the east take U.S. Highway 50 out of Poncha Springs and pass through the small areas of Maysville and Garfield. After passing through Garfield you will pass quite an extensive abandoned mining area on the left. After passing the mining area the Waterdog Lakes signed trailhead will be on the right within a short distance with roadside gravel parking on the left between mile markers 202 and 203. If you reach the Monarch Park campground road you have gone to far.

Nearby Campgrounds

There is no camping at the trailhead as the parking area is a gravel parking lot directly on US Highway 50.

The Monarch Park Campground is located nearby but a two night stay is required during summer weekends and a three night stay is required on holiday weekends. Up to date conditions can be checked at the Monarch Park Campground website.

The Angel of Shavano Campground is located to the east and is access by turning east in the small community of Maysville. Up to date conditions can be checked at the Angel of Shavano Campground website.

If you have a four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle there are some decent dispersed (free!) camping spots along F.R. 230. I have personally camped about two miles in from U.S. Highway 50. F.R. 230 heads to the northwest from U.S. Highway 50 in Garfield. This is the road described in the getting there section for Mt. Aetna.

Note: The Access to the Garfield Campground, which is marked on most maps of the area, is not currently open making the campground inaccessible.

Destinations accessible from the Waterdog Lakes Trailhead


Lower Waterdog Lake

Middle Waterdog Lake (off-trail)
 
View down to upper Waterdog...
 




Upper Waterdog Lake
 
View south along the...
 







Continential Divide Trail (off-trail)
 
Bald Mountain with snow...
 







Bald Mountain - 12,856 feet (off-trail)
 
Banana Mountain from the...
 








Banana Mountain - 12,339 feet (off-trail)

Images

Bald Mountain with snow...Topo map of the Waterdog...The relatively flat bench...Banana Mountain from the...The Continential Divide...Banana Mountain as viewed...View down to upper Waterdog...
Once you attain the bench...View down to the Waterdog...Bald Mountain just visible...From left to right: Bald...