Boss and Hunt Lakes Trail


Hiking – Boss and Hunt Lakes Trail

Hike this beautiful trail through a historic mining area. At 7.5 miles with 1,900 feet of elevation gain this trail is ranked as moderate. I prefer to saunter and enjoy the scenery. The trailhead is directly across from the Monarch lodge, on Forest Rd 230 off of Highway 50. The trail incompasses a section of The Colorado Trail Collegiate West 05, and the CDT. This is a Dog friendly hike. Please see below for more information.

  • Sat, Jun 22, 2024
  • El Pueblo
  • Hiking
  • Adults, Families
  • Mod B
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,945 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 11,530 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Option 1:  To carpool from Pueblo meet at 8AM at the southeast corner of the Albertson's parking lot, at 1601 US-50. 

Option 2:  Meeting near the trailhead at 10:30AM is a second option.   It's about a two-1/2 hour drive to the trailhead from the 1st meetup site.  There is a parking lot next to Monarch Snowmobile Tours, 22763 US Hwy 50, Salida, CO 81201, at the base of FR 230 where vehicles can be left. 

Those with high clearance 4WD may choose to drive the 1.2 miles to the Boss Lake TH.

If you have not hiked with me before, please email me at

Please let the leader know of any health issues.  You are responsible for your own personal first aid kit.

Dog friendly: Dogs are allowed in this area, but must be on leash, well socialized, and under control.  There are old mining pits and bears in the area.  Be prepared to carry the feces by bringing baggies and plastic jar for the baggies.  No bags will be left on the trail.

The trip begins and ends at the trailhead.  CMC El Pueblo reserves the right to change the trip at anytime due to unforeseen events.

The trip begins and ends at the trailhead.



Boss and Hunt Lakes Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

It's been a snowy year in the high country.  Although, normally, the snow has melted by late June, be prepared.  Consider bringing micro-spikes and trekking poles.  Dress in layers.  Showers, and sleet, are common in the high mountains.  Bring the 10 essentials.  

This is a 'no drop' hike.  Life happens, and unforeseen things can happen to any of us.  If the need arises for a hiker to turn back, the entire group must return with them to the trailhead.  Please know your fitness level, and, choose your clothing wisely.  Please stay with the group, not surging ahead, or stepping off the trail without letting the leader know.   Some of the trail is steep.  I will happily coach anyone who has questions.  Anyone showing up at the meetup site with inappropriate (unsafe) gear will be asked to leave the hike.

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