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Bill Moore Lake 4x4 Trail

Steep climb to scenic, high-mountain lake

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Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 5.1 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Very scenic route to high mountain lake. Great place to spend a weekend exploring network of trails and historical sites, including... more »

Tips:  Once you reach the lake, take time to relax and hike around. There’s another lake above Bill Moore Lake if you are looking for a more ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start Here

Start here about 1 mile north of the town of Empire. Follow Google mapping directions. Continue uphill past fenced-in reclamation area.

2. Conqueror Mine

At Conqueror Mine turn hard right uphill at tight switchback. Trail becomes more difficult.

3. Stay Left

Stay left on 183.1 following sign to Bill Moore Lake.

4. Make Hard Left Uphill

Turn hard left up steep, chewed-up spot. Right downhill on 171.3C goes to Empire Loop (available as eGuide from FunTreks).

5. Decision Point

If you continue straight on main trail, you'll soon have to climb a very steep chewed-up section. This section can be bypassed by turning right here on 183.1A.

6. Difficult Hill

Climb steep, chewed-up hill with large moguls. Vehicle without lockers will find this spot difficult.

7. Bypass Joins

Bypass 183.1A joins trail on right. Continue uphill on main trail 183.1.

8. Stay Right

Stay right where 183.1D goes left. After crossing open area, you'll enter trees and begin a long, steep descent. Shortly after that, you'll weave through an area of closed mud bogs.

9. Parking Lot at Bill Moore Lake

Trail ends at large parking area below Bill Moore Lake. Hike the rest of the way. You can also hike to other smaller lakes above Bill Moore Lake. Return the way you came or consider adding Empire Loop Trail to your day.