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Opal Lake Trail, Pagosa Springs

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
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  • Great, beautiful hike through the conifers and aspens. Short, but packs a pretty good workout punch. The hike going in is almost entirely uphill, sometimes gently, sometimes steeply. Elevation gain...  more »
  • My husband and I hiked the Opal Lake Trail in early September, 2019. It was a relatively short climb less than 2 miles. Our only issue was a slight shortness of breath due to the altitude. We live....  more »
  • 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.
  • Awesome hike. A little more difficult than the "easy" ratings seen online. I am sure it is dependent on the time of year you go. It's a short hike that has some steep parts. Walking sticks are very useful for icy areas and creek crossings. The aspen groves are impressive and I imagine this hike is very popular during the aspen season change.

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