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    Wright Lake Hike

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    4.3 km
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    250 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Wright Lake Hike is a short adventure in Colorado that will lead you up to a charming alpine lake set in the San Juan Mountains. While out hiking the trail, you will follow along a rugged off-road vehicle trail that climbs uphill through the alpine on the way to Wright Lake, where you will have some nice views of the water and surrounding mountains. As the road leading up to the trailhead is quite rugged, you will need a 4x4 high clearance vehicle to reach it. Alternatively, you can park a bit further down the road and tack on the extra distance to your hike.

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    Route Description for Wright Lake Hike

    If you are after a short hike in the mountains that will produce some nice alpine scenery, then the Wright Lake Hike is a great option. Even still, hikers should be warned that this route does follow an off-road vehicle path, so be sure to keep an eye out for passing vehicles.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the west on a route that runs parallel to nearby Sneffels Creek, following along the road as it climbs gently uphill through the alpine terrain. Take your time and appreciate the views of nearby peaks like Mount Sneffels and Gilpin Peak, before breaking off from the road on a footpath that will lead you directly up to the lake, rather than traversing a series of switchbacks.

    After a short hike through some rugged terrain, you will arrive at the serene shores of Wright Lake and take in the beautifully scenic views of the surrounding landscape. Once you have explored the area, you can simply head back along the same route to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Wright Lake Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Wright Lake Hike can be found along Yankee Boy Basin Road at the Mount Sneffels Trailhead.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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