Cross Creek Trail to Surprise Lake is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Not many vistas as you climb the steep trail. Trees are beautiful though. We didn't make it to the top.
Trail was pretty steep. About 3 miles to the lake, but it was well worth the view! The trail itself seemed like it was an old river bed, with lots of rocks and branches in some parts. But overall a great hike!!
A well-kept but steep uphill trail. There are beetle kill trees but also large groves of aspens that line the way. Surprise lake itself is beautiful with the best view from the middle of the lake if you're brave enough for a cold swim. The turnoff sign for surprise lake is subtle so stay alert ~2 miles in.
An OK trail. Not a bad hike, but you are surrounded by beetle kill the entire way. Surprise Lake itself is virtually uncampable unless you are comfortable camping under a cathedral of dead trees.