Trail #1617 follows Killamacue Creek in a steady steep climb to the lake basin, tucked at 7,137 feet in elevation, between Red Mountain and Chloride Ridge. A prominent peak on Chloride Ridge is visible from various openings through the thick spruce and fir canopy along the trail.
Occasionally, small meadows appear along the creek, with a large meadow lying in the basin just below the lake. There are good camping spots on the benches surrounding the lake.
There is limited parking at this trailhead. Rock Creek Lake Trailhead is located further up the road.