Date Hiked: 10-28-16
Mileage:3.2 mi, including the loop around the lake
Head Count (how many other hikers I saw): One couple camping.
In only two short miles of hiking and 400 feet of elevation gained, the woods open to views of Potato Hill rising on the opposite shores. A loop surrounds the lake, offering differing views on the rugged mountains that surround Potato Lake.
With the mileage and very little elevation gained, Potato Lake is a great family-friendly hiking option in the San Juans.
(From Durango): From the end of town, drive approximately 25 miles north on Highway 550. Turn right onto CR-591/Lime Creek Road. The trailhead is 2.8 miles down this road. This is a really rough road on low-clearance 2WD cars, but I made it to within maybe a half mile of the trailhead before I had to pull over. If you’re coming from the north, you can also reach the trailhead from the northern outlet of Lime Creek Road, though from the highway, that direction looked rougher than starting in at the south.