This trail climbs from the ghost town of Ashcroft to a subalpine lake in the Devaney Creek valley. The trail begins with a short jog to the north, then climbs along a wooded gulch. A steady grade leads up through the aspens of the south-facing slope, and purple fleabane and mariposa lilies bloom among the ivory trunks. Views are mostly limited to forested ridges, but the trail meets several primitive paths at a high overlook that affords views of some of the lesser peaks at the head of Castle Creek. Near the head of the gulch, the path enters a spruce grove and levels off briefly. After passing the tailings of an old mine, the trail crosses the lower edge of a broad, sloping meadow. Aspen groves and stands of tall spruce border this pretty clearing.
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Directions to: American Lakeprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,970 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderately strenuous|
|Season||Mid-June to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,370 ft|
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