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OverviewAt South Zapata Lake, the route up to Ellingwood Point continues into the tundra north and east of the shores. Steep talus slopes encase the lake, but the trail finds access along the creek's seasonal upper drainage. At the head of the basin, the real fun starts.
Need to KnowThis is a class-3 trail. It is an unmaintained trail but there are a few cairns along the way. Bring your helmet and research the route beforehand. It's very easy too veer into more difficult and dangerous terrain as the markings are rather dispersed.
Flora & FaunaYou'll see the usual deer and smaller critters along the trail, and marmots in the scree around the lake and along the ridge. If you're lucky you might see elk or moose. Also, while camping about a mile below the lake, something big enough to move a heavy boulder and 5-10 pounds of food had been messing with my bear canister while I was away. Still not sure what it was.
Land Manager: USFS - Rio Grande National Forest OfficeShared by Caroline Cordsen
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