Brush Creek Lakes
It is common for hikers to begin this trek at the North Brush Creek Trailhead near the end of Forest Road 337; however in my opinion it makes better sense to start at the Peerless Mine Trailhead described here. The round trip distance to the lakes from Peerless Mine is nearly five miles shorter; hence it is relatively easy to walk from there to the lakes as a day hike. The Brush Creek Lakes are two of the largest lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Range, and the fishing can be good. Also, they are not as frequently visited as many other lakes in the vicinity, so you can usually expect more solitude there. The lakes are situated right on the edge of timberline in a picturesque alpine cirque just east of Thirsty Peak (13,213 ft.) and Lakes Peak (13,375 ft.). Unfortunately the talus slopes below the surrounding peaks extend all the way to the water’s edge, and the jagged boulders make it impossible to enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lakes. Furthermore, good campsites near the lakes are limited.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,100 ft|
|Skill Level||Very rocky in places.|
|Season||Midsummer through mid-fall. The road to the trailhead is usually not passable before early July.|
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