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

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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