Lake Eileen Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Bayfield, CO and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 18 miles north on County Road #501 beyond Vallecito Reservoir. After passing the west side of the reservoir, watch for the Forest Service Work Center about a mile north. Parking is available on the right at the trail sign just beyond. If no parking is available, continue around the corner for about 500 feet to a small pull-off on your right.
fairly challenging. The lake is worth it.
Great little hike. Lots of switchbacks. Very rewarding once you reach the Lake.
It's worth the hike. The lake is small. It does go thru the burn zone but it's coming back nicely. There are tough spots. I wouldn't call it tough but it's no cake walk.
I wouldn't call the trail difficult except for the fallen timber you might have to scramble over. Most of it passes through the 2002 burn area. It's not very scenic compared to other trails in the area, but it's worth doing. You might see a few people.