Crescent Lake

McCoy, Colorado (Eagle County)

Last Updated: 09/16/2017
4.3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/21 - 11/22
Length: 11.79 miles
Highest Elevation: 10821 feet
Duration: About 5 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: McCoy
Nearest Town w/ Services: Gypsum
Official Road Name: 613
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District


Highlight: Crescent Lake
While this trail seems to linger and take the better portion of a day, it is a very rewarding ending with beautiful clear lakes and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. This area is also far enough from the front range and out of the way that you do not see many people. At the far end of Mackinaw Lake, there is a hiking trail that takes you up onto the mountain ridge just to the west.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is clearly posted by a mileage directory sign and cattle guard. There is plenty of room for parking, airing down and unloading any trailers.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Dotsero

Take Colorado River Road north out of Dotsero. Continue on Colorado River rd for 21 miles and then turn left onto Darby Mesa Loop (County Road 39) for 6.3 miles. The trailhead will be marked by a sign on your left-hand side.



Trail Reviews (12)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Is this really a difficult trail? The video showed a small camper/trailer being pulled up it. I have a Grand Cherokee on a 4 inch lift and 33 inch tires. It doesn’t look that hard from the video. Just asking. Tim
–Tim Sparhawk (06/19/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (06/20/2020)
Q: Can anyone give a current status for this trail?Coming from out of state.
–josh meadows (06/25/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (06/26/2019)
Q: Have a 2015 power wagon with 35's - is the trail wide enough for a truck and any specific issues you see running it with a full sized rig? thx
–Matt Rotter (08/26/2018)
–RODNEY LEWIS (10/24/2018)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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