One-way Distance: 1.0 km
XC Skill level:
Elevation: 9474 - 9614 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Priest Lake Nordic Trails
Fee: $15 donation
Attractions: Groomed trail
The Priest Lake trail is located in the Priest Lake Nordic Trails area near Telluride, Colorado. The trail begins a short distance from the trailhead where it travels along a groomed route that ends near the Priest Lake Campground. Enroute the trail has connections with the Middle Meadow, Elk Wallow, Hidden Valley, Ripsaw, Inside Loop and Railroad Grade trails. All of the interconnecting routes make the Priest Lake trail an important corridor.
This post begins at the lower end of the Priest Lake trail where it departs from the Middle Meadow trail.
The trail is easy as it starts out.
After a short distance it passes a fork where another short connector from the Middle Meadow trail joins in.
The next junction that comes up has the Ripsaw trail connecting on the left and the Hidden Valley trail branching off on the right.
At this point the trail becomes a little more difficult as it begins climbing a few small hills.
Another fork comes up where a short connector branches off on the right that runs over to the Inside Loop trail.
Along the right fork it is a short distance to an historic cabin. The Inside Loop goes to the right at this point. To the left there is another short connector that runs back over to the Priest Lake trail.
If you go to the left the Priest Lake trail continues as it climbs uphill.