Fossil Ridge Wilderness Trails
Fossil Ridge is classic Rocky Mountain wilderness: Rough-hewn granite peaks tower behind glittering alpine lakes resting at the head of long, timbered glacier-cut valleys. On the surface, this properly describes the area, but looking deeper within Fossil Ridge, we find one of the Rockies’ wildest and most inaccessible stream drainages—Crystal Creek—and an uncommon juxtaposition of limestone and granite ridges. Congress noticed the unique value of Fossil Ridge and designated it wilderness in the 1993 Colorado Wilderness Act. Congress also prohibited logging and mining on another 43,900 acres surrounding the wilderness, but permitted motorized vehicles to continue using the existing trails in the so-called Fossil Ridge Recreation Management Area. This trail guide includes descriptions of Lamphier Lake/Gunsight Pass, Henry Lake, and South Lottis Creek/Summerville Trail.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Easy to Strenuous|
|Season||Best Spring through Fall|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,000 ft|
|Top Elevation||13,300 ft|
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