Woods Lake Trailhead


Range: San Juan Mountains
Coordinates: 37.883990, -108.053462
14ers: El Diente Peak, Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak
Elevation: 9,440'

Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD Dirt

Driving Directions

From the Colorado 145 and Colorado 62 junction, travel southeast on Colorado 145 for 3.0 miles to Fall Creek Road (57P). This is not far past the Blue Jay Lodge. Continue south on 57P which will turn to gravel just before the junction with Wilson Mesa Ranch Road (56L) at 3.8 miles, stay straight. Stay straight at 6.4 miles and again at 7.5 miles. At 8.9 miles arrive at the Woods Lake Campground and follow the signs for the trailhead parking. The trailhead is a few hundred feet past the parking lot on the road.

Winter Access


More Info

Fees? No
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: The road to Woods Lake is dry but there are a lot of downed trees, branches blocking the road. It’s still passable, but drive slow in spots.
The campground is still gated & closed. Bathrooms are still locked.

Trail conditions lower down are dry with muddy sections. Snow persists in the forest and then becomes spotty at the pass near Boskoff Peak.
Posted By: rcpelikan
Info: The road to the campground/trailhead is in great condition. Debris from the mudslides has been cleared to the side of the road for now. There are still minor potholes and very light washboarding, but I dare say you could make the trailhead with a road bicycle. It’s that good.
Posted By: ReginaThomas
Info: The road is fine and open to the TH but there is a lot of mudslide damage and debris in spots on the way in. You can still easily make it 2WD but pay attention on the drive in.
Posted By: johntmv
Info: Road to trailhead is in fantastic shape, as is the hike into Navajo Lake from Woods Lake.
Posted By: nathansmithpiano
Info: Road was well maintained and totally dry. Trail up to the lakes was as well. Troublesome ice around 14,000 on El Diente and Mt. Wilson, probably best to wait on those, but Wilson Peak looked totally fine.
Posted By: merrion13
Info: Very easy TH access, any 2WD can make it. Road starts off paved for first few miles, then well-graded gravel with good signage to trailhead/campground.
Posted By: djkest
Info: The road is in excellent condition from start to finish. There is no washboards, the road is perfectly smooth and suitable for travel in any vehicle. No potholes, no large rocks, etc. Parking lot was also in great condition, with a large amount of parking spaces that were completely empty.
Posted By: mountain hiker
Info: Road in great shape. Any car can make it - in fact no difference from paved road in terms of driving.
At the trailhead(a campground), drive to the "trailhead parking", and then look for a sign which shows trails around Woods Lake area.
Posted By: 2giqs
Info: The road to Woods Lake was in even better shape than what I experienced in 2010. The initial miles are asphalt, but the final miles are on wide well-graded gravel road way. Plenty of parking near the trailhead. It would likely be a shorter hike from Silver Pick, but a lot easier on the rental car if using the Woods Lake approach.
Posted By: 2giqs
Info: So the last 5 miles of the road to this TH is gravel. The road is wide and easy to travel on with a low slung 2wd car. Graders were working on the road on 8/30/10, although there were few noticeable potholes. Hugh parking lot at the TH. As for the roughly 5 mile trail to Navaho Lake, the initial 2 miles are gently climbing thru forest on needle strewn treadway. During the last 1/2 mile or so to the junction with the Elk Creek trail, the grade noticeably toughens. You‘ll know you‘re getting close to topping out when you pass the ruins of a cabin on your left. After bearing right at the junction, the rest of the trail continues in a more or less level fashion along open ridges until the final downhill run to Navaho Lake.
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