Leaf Peeping at Jefferson Lake

15 09 2012
Jefferson Creek Campground

Jefferson Creek Campground

Long before the new Wildcat 5th wheel came into the picture, we’d planned a weekend at Jefferson Lake between Kenosha Pass and South Park. We had explored the campgrounds and picked best sites when we were camping at Kenosha Pass in late July. Jefferson Lake is classified as a special use area and as such, it not covered by either State or Federal park passes. There is a $5 day use fee at the main entrance gate – camping fees are paid online or with the camp host/pay station. We’re at the Jefferson Creek campground, closest to the lake after Lodge pole and Aspen campgrounds. We’re in site #9. Originally selected for the truck camper, this back-in site has plenty of room for the 5th wheel. We’re traveling with friends who are in a spacious pull-through site #12. There is one hand pump water faucet in the campground, but unfortunately the handle has been broken off. There are also clean vault toilets and each campsite has a picnic table and campfire ring. With no fire bans statewide, we enjoy two evening of roaring campfires. The campground is relatively full this weekend, even with overnight temps approaching the low 30’s.

Passing through this campground from the south to north, the Jefferson Lake trail continues to a easy walking loop around the lake. A quarter mile or so south you intersect the Colorado Trail. Turning east the Colorado Trail extends over Kenosha Pass. To the west the Colorado Trail continues to Georgia Pass. We didn’t bring mountain bikes this weekend, but we hike a mile or so up the western portion of the trail. All around the campground the aspen leaves are glowing yellow and orange. In fact, several of the high, wind-blown ridges are already bare of leaves. This is a great time of year to be in the high country – beautiful foliage views, cool and dry weather and generally quiet campgrounds.

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