Boss Lake

RT Length: 4.64 miles

Elevation Gain: 1260’

This year we rented a cabin up near Salida for a few days before Christmas.  There wasn’t ny internet/cell service, so we spend time cooking, baking, watching movies, and putting together a puzzle. 

We were supposed to leave early Christmas morning, so we pretended Christmas Eve was Christmas day.  After opening presents we went sledding on a nearby hill, which was actually a street.  It didn’t matter though:  the girls had fun!

We were done sledding around 10am and the girls wanted a nap, so I decided to go hiking.  It was too late to climb a peak, so I decided to hike to Boss Lake instead, a lake at the base of two prominent 13ers in the area. 

I’ve hiked past the Boss Lake Trailhead a couple of times, and was told the lake was only about .3 miles from the trailhead.  Spoiler alert:  It’s actually closer to a mile.  On my way up 4WD road 230 I saw some skiers heading down. They told me they’d just come from the hut.  I didn’t know there was a hut in the area?  Next time I’m going to have to try and find it. 

The trail was nicely packed down along the road, but as soon as I came to the trailhead that ended and it was time to put on my snowshoes. It was 1.5 miles from the parking area to the trailhead (Boss Lake Trail 1420).  I trenched all the way to the lake in snow at least 2 feet deep.

It was nice to be on another section of the Colorado Trail.  It seems there’s also a new hostel in the area that caters to thru-hikers

I crossed the bridge and trenched a mile to the lake, where the snow suddenly stopped

I was hoping to find a nice, frozen lake, but instead I found a large pond covered in snow.  There was a cool building next to the lake.  It was locked.

I took a selfie to prove I was there and headed back

The trek out was easier than the trek in, as I just followed my trench

I met some nice people along the way, who were snowshoeing for the first time with their Sheba.  They were thankful for the trench, and I told them to try hiking for a bit off trench, just to get a real feel for snowshoes. 

I made it back to my truck and felt the day had been too easy, but at least I’d burned some calories, and this was vacation after all. 

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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