South Zapata Lake
A hidden waterfall, several old miner’s cabins, and a high alpine lake are the rewards of this hike. The Zapata Falls are only 0.5 mile from the trailhead, and that is as far as most people get. The cabins are less than a mile beyond Zapata Falls, and they are also a worthwhile goal for a short day hike into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The real highlight of this hike, however, is South Zapata Lake, a small alpine lake at the end of the trail in a majestic basin surrounded by 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,800 ft|
|Skill Level||Well used, well maintained trail.|
|Season||Midsummer through mid-Fall. The higher parts of the trail are generally covered with snow from late June through mid-November.|
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