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    Bullion King Lake Road Hike

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    11.1 km
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    568 m
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    The Bullion King Lake Road Hike is a laidback hiking adventure in the mountains that will take you uphill along an off-road vehicle trail. While out hiking this route, you will follow the rough and rugged road as it winds up the mountainside, offering picturesque views of the surrounding mountain peaks before arriving at the shores of Bullion King Lake. As this hike does follow along an off-road vehicle route, be sure to keep an eye out for passing vehicles and allow them enough room to safely maneuver.

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    Route Description for Bullion King Lake Road Hike

    While it isn’t the most challenging of hiking routes in the San Juan Mountains, the Bullion King Lake Road Hike is a scenic adventure that will be sure to get your heartrate up a bit while experiencing the gorgeous views of the surrounding Colorado wilderness.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will follow along the road as it winds up the mountainside in a western direction. Here, you will traverse the wide switchbacks along the road while taking in the views of the surrounding meadows, sparsely populated forests, and mountain peaks.

    Keeping left along the road, you will eventually pass by some old mining ruins and make the final push up to the scenic shores of Bullion King Lake. Take some time here to explore the area, breathe the fresh mountain air, and soak up the scenery, before carefully heading back along the same route to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Bullion King Lake Road Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Bullion King Lake Road Hike can be found at the Porphyry Gulch Trailhead, at the junction of US-550 and Forest Service Road 822.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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