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    Quartz Lake Trail

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    16.4 km
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    872 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Quartz Lake Trail is an exceptional hiking route in the San Juan Mountains that will see you gain a large amount of elevation on the way to the shores of a scenic lake. While out hiking the trail, you will pass through gorgeous meadows and tranquil forests, climbing uphill to traverse a rugged ridge before descending towards a charming alpine lake. Be sure to start early enough in the day to enjoy some time by the lake and still leave yourself enough time for the hike back out.

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    Route Description for Quartz Lake Trail

    Featuring a good amount of elevation gain into the mountains, a fun mixture of terrain, and breathtaking views of the surrounding San Juan Mountain landscape, the Quartz Lake Trail has everything that you could ever want in a great Colorado hiking excursion.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the northeast through a mixture of open meadows and woodlands, climbing uphill across the picturesque landscape in order to arrive at the top of a ridge line. Here, you will head east along the rugged ridge and enjoy amazing views of the surrounding peaks, before turning to the north to descend the ridge.

    Making your way downhill through the basin, you will enjoy some more beautiful views of the surrounding alpine terrain, as you continue on towards the end point of the hike. Eventually, you will arrive at the charming shores of Quartz Lake, where you can relax and take in the scenery after your hard work. Once you have wrapped up at the lake, simply turn back along the same trail to return to the trailhead where you began.

    Getting to the Quartz Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Quartz Lake Trail can be found along Forest Service Road 24, 25.6 km east of Pagosa Springs.

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