Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Lucky Peak Reservoir

I thought this was a long shot for Trail of the Week, but you know, the dog loved it.

The shoreline of Lucky Peak Reservoir near Turner Gulch boat ramp goes on for miles, and it's a good place to let the dogs run loose. You'll also get a workout on the sandy contours that are exposed by the low water at the reservoir.

There also are a couple of gulches, such as Turner Gulch, that you can explore if you want a sagebrush trail instead of a sandy beach.

Those trails will take you on climbs of about 800 feet to sagebrush-covered mountain knobs.

So, don't ignore Lucky Peak Reservoir for a winter hike, especially if your regular trails are muddy.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Hikers.

Ideal for: A stroll with a dog and a fishing rod.

Trailhead elevation: 3,115 feet.

Destination elevation: 3,153 feet along the reservoir or 3,991 feet on the mountain tops.

Length: One to four miles.

Difficulty: Strenuous on the sand and climbing up some of the mountains.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, golden eagles, rabbits, songbirds and magpies.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms are at Turner Gulch Ramp. Parking is at the boat ramp recreation area.

Information: Just do it.

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