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Lake City

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Lake City sits nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains at 8,671 feet. The town is named after the iconic nearby Lake San Cristobal, one of the largest natural lakes in Colorado.  Lake City is located in a valley formed by the convergence of Henson Creek and the headwaters of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.  It has a year-round population of around 400 people but swells in the summer months as people flock to this beautiful town to play in the surrounding mountains.  Close by are five prominent 14,000 peaks  and a scattering of mining towns that were once bustling hubs of mining production.  

Lake City is also the jumping off point for the Alpine Loop, which makes up a substantial portion of the Lake City Alpine 50.  The Alpine Loop is an approximately sixty-five mile collection of backcountry roads providing a glimpse of Colorado’s storied mining history and a glimpse of some of the most beautiful alpine tundra in the San Juans.