A half-day hike through alpine meadows to Anderson Lake or Petroleum Lake. This trail follows old mining roads through non-wilderness lands to reach a pair of alpine lakes above the ghost town of Ruby, a relic of the silver mining boom that dates from 1880. Petroleum Lake and Anderson Lake are among the easiest alpine lakes to reach on foot (assuming that you have the four-wheel drive required to get to the trailhead). The alpine meadows found here offer some of the most spectacular wildflower displays of the Collegiate Peaks, peaking in late July. There is private land along the lower parts of the route, and hikers are required to stay on the trail until it enters national forest lands.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,070 ft|
|Season||Early July to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,300 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,300 ft|
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