Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in Eagles Nest Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I am a Summit County resident and have hiked many of the surrounding peaks. I think Buffalo offers some of the most stunning views. I completed the hike in just under 4 hours round trip. The Boulder field was not that bad and the carins were pretty easy to follow. Over all, this was a very nice hike.

Beautiful hike with golden aspen hills, blue skies, and majestic mountains in full view. Toughest part of the day is the drive to the walk. We made it in a non suv, but it’s slow, bumpy, and dusty. You are exposed in sun for most of the hike, so come early or enjoy the heat (and the crowds). But despite all that one of the most beautiful hikes ever

We snowshoed and it was a lovely hike, as described.

not a steep hike, very beautiful

Great round trip hike. Take a lunch and sit next to one of the two lakes. Creek is dry. Be sure to take plenty of water as the trail is on the sunnier side of the mountain face. If you are overnighting, be sure to register at the base of the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Great easy trail, all the elevation is at the trailhead. Nice pines and watch for the chipmunks.

hiking
12 days ago

What a great little hike! Easy to get to from Denver, leave early. Hike has moderate elevation gains and is never too difficult. I would suggest being on the trail no later than 8 am as it starts to get a little busy and the trail is very narrow. One additional note, keep to the right at the Gore Trail/Eaglesmere signpost.

13 days ago

Great short moderate hike mostly in the trees. Some aspen groves. Trails well maintained It’s about a 2-3 hr round trip hike with time spent for lunch looking over the small lakes.

I would give 5 stars but the enormous, uphill boulder field brought it down for me. We ended going straight up the boulders because we lost sight of the cairns. I would suggest wearing gloves, I beat up my hands climbing up and down the rough boulders. This was more challenging then the 14rs I've climbed so don't be decieved into thinking it's easier due to only being13,000 feet. Watch for the cairns they're easy to miss. We were disappointed that there weren't any mountain goats visible, since it seemed as if most people would see them that have climb this mountain.We did see some medium sized birds running around that looked like large mourning doves. The views at the top made navigating the boulder field worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

always enjoyable! easy hike with continous steady incline making it moderate. Bring bug spray - about half way mark is Mosquito haven in short switchback area next to creek. Go past lake for scenic long range ridge views.

Of all the hikes I have done I would do this again and again. It is a challenge with the rocks and changes to terrain. Once you get through the first few minutes it gets easier The views are incredible and even the thunderstorm did not seem to bother anyone
And it was short lived and we all carried on. The beauty all along the entire trail was amazing and I will be back.

5.9 miles and 2362’ gain from Surprise Lake TH to Upper Cataract lake. Although steep in the beginning, the trail mellows out around 3 miles and it is so beautiful.

We backpacked one night. There’s a permit to fill out at the TH—please read the rules. All of the lakes here have a 100 foot minimum perimeter to camp nearby. Even though you see a spot right next to the lake, you should move back and away from the water.

We observed several groups of people and dogs camping a mere 4 feet from the lake shore. Please follow backcountry rules! Keep it beautiful.

We found plenty of great spots tucked up above the lake and in the trees, you just have to look for them. Great spot for fishing and set in a beautiful basin.

Perfect for an average hiker looking for a moderate hike to get some exercise with breaks of flat open meadows. Gives you a little bit of everything!

backpacking
17 days ago

First part of the trail from the lower lake is a steep grade change. Grade calms down after surprise lake, but is still a climb. The Eagles nest route is longer but less of a climb. This trail has become very popular since the first time I hiked it 40 years ago. Beautiful views, while a backpacking trail it can be a day hike, but start early as weather is always a factor.

BEAUTIFUL HIKE! Not easy by any means. But worth it! Great scenery all the way up to the falls.

hiking
18 days ago

Lots of different things to see and changing landscape. Long range view, meadows, woods, small ponds, streams to cross, and two beautiful lakes at the end. Lilly pad covered lake is first, then the larger lake right after. Perfect place to stop for a snack or lunch. We didn’t get to see any moose, unfortunately. I would also say this is a moderate trail due to the inclines and lots of trip hazard areas with large rocks and roots, but I was able to hike this with a 3.5 month old in an Ergo carrier, plus a 6 year old.

hiking
19 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike! It took us just over three hours to summit Buffalo with a few stops on the way. It was pretty blazing hot most of the time, with a few strong wind gusts near the top. We spent some time on the top to eat lunch and enjoy those amazing views of the front and backside.

It took about 2.5 hours to descend which surprised me a little. I thought it would go much quicker! That boulder field is brutal (being honest- the hardest one I’ve done yet!) and was easier to hike up than down.

I had heard before I did this hike that it’s harder than many 14’ers so be prepared. Just cause she’s shorter, Buffalo still packs quite the punch! The hike and views are 100% worth it though!!!!! Really enjoyed finally conquering this one!

Great trail. Parked in the Copper lot and then walked over the bridge. Went up early and not a single person on the trail until heading back down. Lakes were beautiful. Moderate ranking is accurate.

Great trail, good for the whole family. A little steep part in the beginning but then easy.

The first ten minutes are the hardest. Excellent variety of terrain and wildflowers. Canadian Jays at the lake can be coaxed to eat out of your hand.

Perfect for a short day, always beautiful and green!

Definitely recommend this trail but do plan ahead. Get there early before the crowds; the trail can be narrow. Trail is steep in some spots and wet in others. You will see flowers and there is a fair chance of seeing wild life, especially butterflies.

Gorgeous views and tough terrain!

hiking
23 days ago

This was definitely one of the most difficult and rewarding hikes that I've ever done. I live in Summit county and hike regularly, but this one was a challenge for sure. My advice would be: bring gloves for the descent. I fell a couple of times coming down, scraped up my palms, and would have loved to have had gloves. The boulder field is quite difficult to follow. We followed the rock cairns, but still got off track coming back down. Using my All Trails app was awesome, and I was able to get myself back on track using the map. Otherwise, amazing hiking and beautiful views. Enjoy!

Great mellow hike. We hung out by the falls for about an hour. Suuper chill.

hiking
24 days ago

Too bad this trail starts and ends with a long walk along I-70. The rest of the hike is very nice, and the two lakes (really ponds) are incredibly tranquil and beautiful. Definitely worth the hike.
I too would rate this hike as moderate. A nice steady uphill climb to the lakes, but not too strenuous.

Easy trail through the woods to the lake after a steep climb at the trailhead.

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty hike but so close to the highway for half of it, so it is loud.

I would rate this Moderate Plus. Several tricky spots for younger kids and older folks.

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