Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
2 days ago

6/18 this trail was just re-open, post fire in the area. Super gorgeous, and thankfully, not burnt. Remember, it's fire season, NO cigarettes, or any sort of sparks or fire in the natural world now.

backpacking
2 days ago

The trail is in great shape right now, but the mosquitos are horrible currently. Be prepared by packing bug repellant and wearing clothing to cover your skin- still scratching two days later!! We stayed overnight - lots of nice spaces to camp- while the lake is ok, the views are incredible!

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked on 5/26. Only muddy in a few spots. Not the best time of year for the lily pads but we did see a moose! That was the highlight of the hike. So cool.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. The snow has melted so the trail was dry and clear.

Beautiful trail. Not a hard walk. Hike through pine trees until you reach wit Lily Pond lake. Super pretty view of two lakes.

We started hiking on Tuesday morning shortly before the fire broke out. We did not realize how close it was to us until we came down and were about a half a mile from our car. We were surrounded by fire with nowhere to go. Luckily this area has good cell reception and we called 911. Summit County had to send two forest expert police officers in to guide us out because all the paths out were blocked by fire. It was scary to say the least. Amazing hike,we got pretty close to the summit when we saw the fire and started heading down. Still some snow is spots.
Grateful for the firefighters and police officers who saved us and hoping this fire gets contained soon.

hiking
9 days ago

I was up there today 6/12- gorgeous, challenging hike! Snow update: still some patches in the higher treed areas, but tracked so footprints to follow / no post-holing. It was very wet in higher places, so waterproof hiking footwear advised. The lake is partially melted :0)

Made it to the Summit Sunday June 10th. There was a little snow at tree line however it was tracked out and made finding your way easy. There was no snow through the boulder field. The mosquitos were biting so be aware. This is a tough hike especially when you hit the boulder field; coming down the field is also a PITA. However the summit is awesome providing incredible views! Out and back took me 3:40 and an in decent shape for this early in the hiking season.

trail running
10 days ago

I completed this trail on June 8. The last 1.5 miles have a fair amount of snow, which made the trail somewhat difficult to follow. I wore trail running sneakers which were fine - probably no need for snowshoes or microspikes. The lake was frozen and absolutely beautiful surrounded by snow covered mountains. Definitely worth the effort to see the lake at the end.

Don’t under estimate this trail. It’s starts hard but gets easier as it goes. Still has constant climb to the lake about the whole way. The view is worth it once you get there. Just a nice lake surrounded by mountains!! It was an amazing view and worth the gutsy climb!

Would recommend doing this hike at the end of June. At one point we couldn’t find the trail because of snow but somehow we made it. Was pretty though!

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is super nice and as of yesterday (6/11/2018) there is basically no snow until you are almost to Gore Lake. I stopped about 1/4 - 1/2 mile from gore lake because the snow became a pain but did run into several hikers that made it all the way to the lake, so it is doable. They were definitely tougher than me! People kept mentioning The Graves as the junction to the lake but I didn't get it until I was there that The Graves are two actual graves from the early nineteen hundreds. Pretty cool that they have kept them marked in honor of the deceased. This is a winner of a trail and I highly recommend it!

hiking
12 days ago

Nice short hike. Lake views are worth it. Saturday mid morning expect a lot of people.

Easy trail. Went with my 12 year old son. No snow, great hike! Son left hiking sticks on trail for other hikers. See photos :-) he said leave walking sticks for return hikers when done

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike on 6/9/18, muddy and passable snow throughout the trail. Hard to find trail at times with muddy/snowy patches.

Snow has melted enough to get to the boulder field. Pieced our way up slowly. Mountain goats at the top and fantastic 360 degree view. Seemed tougher than Mount Royal (likely because of altitude) we had a ten year old get to the summit with us.

very nice trail follow the hand carved signs no snow now

Good trail but map my walk showed it was a 9.5 mile hike to the falls. Steep for the last mile.

Great trail. Busy at the lakes. I think this by far is less traveled and more peaceful. Was not difficult to hike.

hiking
17 days ago

The Silverthorne area is so pretty! It was hard to pick just one trail. This trail was rated number 1 so I hiked it. I started at about 7:30 am and it was really peaceful! Such a beautiful spot with the river running through, the tall aspens, and of course a lake covered in lily pads. It’s definitely moderate and very scenic. You get a great view of the Dillon Reservoir as well.

hiking
17 days ago

This was an amazing hike. I’ve been to some of the best Forrest’s in the mid west but this one trumps them all. It’s not too challenging and the view from the pond is spectacular. Bring a light lunch and a hammock and you could easily spend a good couple hours relaxing here.

Beautiful trail. Breathtaking views at the lake near the start. The parking lot closest to the trial head is closed until 6/21/18 so we had to hike the 4 miles in from the lot at Lost Lake, but even with that extra mileage it was worth it.

Beautiful!

What a fun hike! Waterfall is beautiful and very little snow.

Was able to make the summit. Lots of lingering snow patches obscuring the trail in the trees near treeline. Hard to pop out of treeline at the right point. I certainly did not follow the trail up. Was able to link up with the trail on the way down. Probably would not have been doable if I didn't know the mountain well.

The hike is finally dry with almost nonexistent snow on the trails. I love this hike! I started on the Willow Brook side which makes the hike a little shorter, I believe. It can be kind of confusing because of all the off-chutes but just follow the hand carved “Willow Falls” signs (on the main trail markers). There is a lot of vertical but it’s still pretty kid friendly. Depending on the time of year, the falls are at different intensity but always beautiful! This isn’t the type of hike where you have scenic views around every bend, but the forest is cool and mossy as is the river you stay near almost the entire time. WORTH it.

PS: As with any hike, don’t do this after dark. REALLY don’t. I underestimated my timing a few weeks ago doing a shorter loop and felt like something was stalking me! Turns out, there are mated mountain lions that live right in that area. Be cautious!! There are also lots of moose in the area. Just be alert and you’ll be safe!

Great casual hike! No people during sunset and on a week day. Highly recommend for a light hike!

Only did a bit 2.5 miles as we went with family (3 kids). Perfect difficulty for a 4 yr old.

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