Comanche Trail #746
ElevationAscent: 2,852' 869 m
Descent: -3,661' -1,116 m
High: 12,726' 3,879 m
Low: 9,067' 2,764 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“An above treeline wonderland meets a pristine alpine lake on this incredible trail.”— Tom Robson
If you decided to bag the three nearby 13ers, good on you. If not, no worries, you got some good views too.
From the saddle between Spring Mountain and Comanche Peak, the trail descends into Hiltman Creek Basin with expansive views to the lake and valleys below. Once you reach Comanche Lake, stop hiking, find a spot to camp (preferably near the lake), and take in the views. From this vantage, Comanche Peak looks absolutely epic.
In the morning, after you've awoken from your slumber, the trail continues northeast back into the trees. The trail traverses large talus fields and dives in and out of large aspen groves. This would especially be beautiful in the fall.
Although a lot of this trail is below treeline, it's still absolutely beautiful. It's mellow, fast, and seems well-maintained. Before you know it, you'll be back at the Venable/Comanche Trailhead drinking a beer!
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed
Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office
Oct 6, 2019: South Park Ranger District Christmas Tree Permits