This trail is very difficult to follow in places and recommended most for those who like to explore using a compass and a map. The trail begins as an old jeep road closed to motorized use, at the south end of the LEDE Reservoir. It passes through an aspen forest as a gradual uphill climb. Just before the ridge take a left at an old signpost with no sign on it and follow the faint trail heading to the southwest. This is Trail #1871.1. The trail leads through spruce and fir and may become difficult to find in places. Be sure to follow the Forest Service blazes on the trees which look like an 'i'. The trail runs flat for a while and is easy walking. It will briefly descend and then the rest of the hike is a gradual climb again. To the east of the trail (your left) the terrain is steep, covered with rock scree. The trail continues in the trees just to the right of the scree. If you lose the trail completely, Antones Cabin Creek will lead you to the unnamed lakes north of Red Table Mountain.
LAKES VIEWS - Just north of Red Table Mountain a few scattered lakes can be found surrounded by rock scree with spruce and fir to the east and spruce and fir to the west. Fresh water shrimp found in the lakes indicate good fishing. Wildflowers add color to this serene lake setting.
Directions: From Vail, Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the LEDE Reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot and a vault toilet behind it. From the parking lot follow the rough dirt road on the left of the reservoir for 1/3 of a mile until the trail sign. Turn left up the old jeep road.
Elevation: 9,600 feet
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