Spending a few days away from civilisation in the lap of nature is a great way to rejuvenate. And taking your family along with you will make the trip even more memorable. The Potato or Spud Lake Trail is the place to head to if you want to explore the wilderness with your family. Situated just a little while away from Durango, this trail lies in some of the most scenic spots of the San Juan National Park. The hike is barely arduous, so it can be undertaken by people belonging to all age groups. You can simply come here for a picnic or choose to spend the night in an overnight camp. Activities around the Potato Lake include trout fishing, collecting strawberries and raspberries, photography and picking lilies from the pond. You will see plenty of wildflowers on the trail, you can collect them as well. Ornithologists have a reason to visit too; Spud Lake is a very popular place for visiting birds too.
Potato Lake Trail Travel Tips
- The best time to take pictures on this trail is from sunrise to 10am and from 4pm to dusk.
- Wildflower season is from spring to fall.
- Do not swim in the water bodies, they are full of fish and other water animals.
- Make sure to take everything you need for camping with you.
- Be safe when camping overnight, the forests are full of bears.
- Do not light cooking fires in the woods.
How to Reach Potato Lake Trail
- You can hire a car to get here.
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Potato Lake Trail Reviews & Ratings
The last 2 miles on the road driving up to the trail head were very rocky and pretty rough, would recommend an all wheel drive vehicle for this. The road was narrow too, so be careful. There was somewhat limited parking, but we were there on a holiday weekend which probably contributed to that. The hike was a short hike with beautiful views of the mountains. Would definitely go back!
Great short hike up to beautiful potatoe lake. Suitable for young kids, hike around the lake for some magnificent views from the other side. We spotted three snakes in the grass areas around the lake. Plenty of fireplaces available around the lake
The road leading up to the trailhead can be pretty bumpy with large rocky holes. I wouldn't recommend anything less than an SUV. Parking can get tight, as there is not a lot of space for vehicles. We'll typically bring a packed lunch with us and eat after we've hiked the trail to Potato "Spud" Lake.
Great stop on line creek road for crackers and smoked salmon
Easy hike with a beautiful lake at the end