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Opal Lake Trail, Pagosa Springs

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • There were many cows around the road with some in it for the last 1/2 mile to the trailhead. The trail was very pretty. A number of people were sitting around the lake enjoying the afternoon. They....  more
    There were many cows around the road with some in it for the last 1/2 mile to the trailhead. The trail was very pretty. A number of people were sitting around the lake enjoying the afternoon. They....  more »
  • Very nice hiking trail. A bit steeper in some sections (a challenge for one member of our party), but well worth the effort. A couple of stream crossings were of concern - the logs rotated when one....  more
    Very nice hiking trail. A bit steeper in some sections (a challenge for one member of our party), but well worth the effort. A couple of stream crossings were of concern - the logs rotated when one....  more »
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  • This is a great hike for everyone of all ages and for those folks who are not high altitude acclimated (of which I am not acclimated) . It starts with a series of easy well defined switchbacks through ponderosa pines. Nearing the end of the switchbacks you enter into a white birch forest where I saw a bear cub which ran away. You then make your way through a prairie with wild corn and finally to the pool itself which has a nice stream flowing into it. All total there were 5 stream crossings which were all easy to cross. The parking lot is well defined as are all the trail markings.
  • The trail head is deceptive. A small parking area with a bulletin board and a hikers log. It doesn’t prepare you for the lake ahead. The hike is a gradual climb up a moderate slope that changes from forest to open field then back to forest. Crossing a few small streams as you near the lake. Then without warning the lake is before you. The lake is green and presents itself before the cliffs that provide the alkaline waters that fill it. Green and gorgeous Take your bug repellent if going in the warm months.

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