Situated on a small bench near Molas Pass, this is the epitome of scenic mountain lakes. The lake itself is not very good for waterbirds, but the boggy willows can support Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows, Wilson’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Dusky Flycatcher, and the spruce-fir could produce Pine Grosbeak, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Red Crossbill, and more. During the winter months White-tailed Ptarmigan can be found around the lake, though you will have to snowshoe in from the highway to find them. Look in the bogs for alpine butterflies, especially in late summer.
County: San Juan
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: Andrews Lake is about one mile south of Molas Pass on US 550 and about 7 miles south of Silverton. From Silverton, head south on US550 for 7 miles, and just over Molas Pass turn left at the signed turn to Andrews Lake.
Delorme: 76 C4
Roads of Colorado: 131 D2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Access road closed during the winter months
Parking: Paved parking area
Handicapped Access: Paved trail around part of lake