Nolan Lake Trail is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eagle, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is accessible from July until October.
Directions from Eagle: Follow the Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 10.3 miles, going past Yeoman Park and following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. The trailhead is on the right, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.
Saw a mountain goat by the lake! Hard trail but so worth the effort. Plus going back is all downhill. Had so much fun here the views are so awesome.
Great hike for September. Dry. Great views of leaves. Loved it. Bro said sneakers ok. Not! Plenty of rocks.
Did this hike 2 days ago in prep for hunting season and it was spectacular! Fairly steep in spots so definitely wear the lace up boots. Starts by the town of Folford south of Eagle. Trail begins by passing through an abandoned mining town (upper town) and has a few nice waterfalls along the trail, a few scree fields and mossy pine sections. Amazing view from the lake. There is a trail that circles 2/3 of the lake and you just have to navigate the rocks the last bit. Don't forget your fly rod! Lots of brook trout feeding at the surface on midges. There are a few smaller lakes above Nolan lake with New York Mountain as it's backdrop. Gorgeous! There's also a cool story to read about a lost mine up there "the lost mine on slate mountain"
This is a difficult but beautiful lake hike!