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Venable Trail #347

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A steadily steep trail that ends at pristine alpine lakes.


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Map Key

5.1

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

12,370' 3,770 m

High

9,046' 2,757 m

Low

3,323' 1,013 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the Venable/!Comanche Trailhead, start up the steep, rocky doubletrack (follow the signs that say "Venable Trail"). Once you reach the Rainbow Trail, you won't have much further to go to reach the start.

Eventually, you'll reach a wilderness registry (be sure to register!). From here, the trail heads steadily upwards, following Venable Creek for its duration. In fall, this first section of trail might be the most scenic - the trail pops in and out of aspen groves with intermittent views of the ever-shrinking valley below.

Continue west, my son, and you'll reach some switchbacks. These lead you to a spur to Venable Falls. These falls are spectacular, and you can see how this valley was eroded: by the intense power of water.

From the falls, it's not much further to the lakes, only ~2 miles. The further you go, the sparser the trees (duh). Soon, you'll reach an open area where you'll travel up two more switchbacks. These essentially bring you above treeline to two more switchbacks that plop you next to the lakes.

If you're looking to camp for the night, look no further. Note, however, that in high winds, this area is incredibly blustery!

From the lakes, it's a short, easy jaunt to the start of Comanche Trail and the Venable Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Aspens, pika, marmot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#1

in Westcliffe

#7472

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  4.3 from 3 votes
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#1

in Westcliffe

#625

in Colorado

#7,472

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Photos

Looking up to Venable Pass and the early slopes of Venable Peak.
Nov 3, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Sunrise from camp.
Nov 3, 2016 near Crestone, CO

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Jun 19, 2020
Ashley Bessmer Barron
Jul 6, 2019
Mike Waid
Aug 31, 2018
Rebecca B
Trail is covered in loose rock to start then follows the creek.The trail is pretty much up with very few descents. Some downed trees. 5.1mi
Aug 19, 2018
Bailey Sanchez
We hiked up the first set of lakes & found a super neat campsite. That was about 4 miles. Next day went over saddle with a day pack & then hiked down! 12mi
Aug 7, 2018
"H" Lampasso
Took the trail to Venable Lakes and spent the night at the upper lake. Incredible views away from the crowds who stayed down lower. 5mi
Jun 11, 2018
Eric Sauthier
Jun 10, 2018
Daylene York
5.1mi
Jul 28, 2017
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