The trail crosses private land for 2.7 miles before reaching the Weminuche Wilderness. Hike I did this hike twice in 2020. 2020-2021 at Vallecito Nordic. Emerald Lake in the San Juan National Forest, Colorado’s third-largest natural lake, is a 10-mile trek from the Pine River Trailhead near Vallecito Reservoir. (R. HIKING TRAILS AROUND VALLECITO View of Pine River Road, Forest service #602. Please stay on the trail, and camping is prohibited until you reach the Wilderness boundary. From here to the Continental Divide is prime backcountry fishing for a good 50 miles of river. At the Forest Service Vallecito Work Center, bear right onto Forest Road 602 and continue around the lake and up the Pine River about 7.5 miles to the trailhead at Pine River Campground. The trail is very popular with horseback riders and follows the Pine River for 6 miles to intersect with the Lake Creek Trail, which leads steeply uphill to Emerald Lake. Pine River Lodge offers a large variety of Mountain Vacation Cabins sleeping 2 to 11 guests with views Pine River Lodge of Vallecito Lake. The boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness is 2.7 miles up the trail. (at Elk Point Stables) Take the road 3.8 miles to the Pine River Campground and Trailhead. The first trip had eleven hikers, and the second had five hikers. Pine River / Flint Creek Loop is a great multi-day hike following rivers and creeks. There’s camping and a restroom at the trail head, but be prepared to pay if staying the night there at a site. Aspens, ponderosa pines, and conifers are in abundance along the trail as you follow the Pine (or Piños) River north. 115 downed trees. Some Vallecito lake cabins are lake shore, others have lake views and many have wood fireplaces. Steer clear of that section, and keep heading towards the Continental Divide through the canyon along the Pine River Trail. Continue around the north end of Lake (CR 501) After Middle Mountain Road and end of pavement Turn left on the Pine River turnoff at FS #602. The Pine River TH is accessible outside Vallecito, Colorado. North of the Vallecito Reservoir there are about 6 miles of private land. Respect private property, and leave gates as you find them. The boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness is 2.7 miles up the trail, the fishing is fantastic, and the turnoff to Emerald Lake is at mile 6.3 (Trail #528). The boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness is 2.7 miles up the trail. Gorgeous scenery, strenuous hike, abundant water. The trails have been cleared. Trails are abundant ranging from those that follow the shoreline of Vallecito Lake to the Lake Eileen Trail (two miles uphill to a beautiful meadow and lily covered lake). The Pine River Trail begins through a private gate next to Granite Peaks Ranch. Please stay on the trail, and camping is prohibited until you reach the Wilderness boundary. Where to Stay. Pine River Trail – Easy-Moderate. Plan to spend a few days. All we need is SNOW! 1st trip was in mid-July, second in late-September. The Lake Fork Trail turns off to the north at mile 6.3. There are two major trailheads (Vallecito and Pine River) where you can hike for miles and miles in … The Lake Fork Trail turns off to the north at mile 6.3. Pine River Trail - Easy to Moderate The Pine River alternates between meadows and canyon, frequently flowing peacefully on the flat valley floor. Vallecito Lake also serves as an access point to the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest wilderness in all of Colorado. You will be blown away at the lush valley floor and rugged peaks that surround you … Begin your trek on Pine River trails and work your way into the Weminuche. If you bear left onto Forest Road 600 near the Work Center, you’ll reach the Vallecito Trailhead in 3 miles. 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