Clohesy Lake

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 08/09/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Partially Open
Typically Open: 06/15 - 09/30
Length: 3.19 miles
Highest Elevation: 11106 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Buena Vista
Nearest Town w/ Services: Buena Vista
Official Road Name: FS 381
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Leadville Ranger District


Highlight: Clohesy Lake
The Clohesy Lake Trail is one of the few remaining roads with access to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. The trail follows the Lake Fork Valley and ends within walking distance of Clohesy Lake. Once a private lake that was the fish hatchery site in the late 1880s, it has now been returned to the Forest Service and is part of public land. The lake is situated in Lake Fork Valley between Mt. Missouri (14,075') and Mt. Huron(14,003'). The views are spectacular, and the fishing is equally as impressive. This area also offers access to several popular hiking trails. Please stay on the road to avoid causing damage to the area and help us keep this trail open!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn left onto FS 381 just after you pass the Crescent Mining Camp with several cabins.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Buena Vista

From the Highway 24/Main Street stoplight in Buena Vista, head north on Highway 24 for 15 miles to County Road 390, turn left onto CR 390 following signs to Clear Creek Reservoir. Follow the dirt road around and past the reservoir for just under 10 miles and turn left at the Crescent Mining Camp cabins onto FS 381.



Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community let's their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Salida Forest Service District Office Leadville Forest Service District Office

Trail Reviews (24)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Is it possible to get to Clohesy lake with a small off-road camp trailer? (Trail end)
–Dale Stringer (08/11/2019)
–Marcus Trusty (08/12/2019)
Q: What are the specs on the jeep?
–Tony (08/11/2017)
–Marcus Trusty (08/14/2017)
–Tracy Barker (08/13/2017)

Writer Information

Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Marcus is a 4th generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. In 2017 Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.
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