Mill Lake is outside the tiny town of Ohio City, CO, about 20 miles from Gunnison, CO. Across from the Gold Creek Campground is the Fossil Ridge Trailhead, this is your starting point. Mill Lake is a moderate 2.5 mile hike to reach the lake. Interestingly enough, this was my first visit to this part of the state and the area got snowfall the night before, so we didn’t know really what to expect on and around the trail until the next morning driving down from Denver. This day turned out to be gorgeous for a hike and there was no evidence of snow at the campground and the trailhead. You will not find a lot of traffic on this trail, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
To get to the campground and trailhead….
Take Highway 50 east to Parlin. Turn left at Parlin and go about
8 miles to Ohio City. Turn left on the Gold Creek Road and drive to the
Gold Creek Campground. The Fossil Ridge Trailhead provides access to Mill
Lake Trail and is directly across from the Gold Creek Campground on the
left side of the road.
Mill Lake Stats
Hike 2.5 miles one way(Fossil Ridge Trail 1 mile, then Mill Lake Trail 1.5 miles)
Mill Lake elevation 11480 ft
Stats from GunnisonCrestedButte.com