Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

1 day 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.

3 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.

4 days ago

We went as one of our second hikes after coming to coloradio from alabama. We prolly weren't fully acclimated to the elevation -nonetheless it was a challenging hike. We made it to about 1/8 of a mile from the lake and couldn't find the trail because of snow. Luckily, there was a solo hiker who found us sitting on a rock eating reeses pieces before we turned around and went back and explained we were super close to the lake just go straight over a couple of false summits and we were there. Was so grateful he told us that because the lake was definitely worth checking out. It was still mostly frozen but still cool and considering we weren't yet acclimated to the elevation quite a feat that we made it. We did that hike around the 9th or of June i can't remember the exact date.

6 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)

I went in early June which is to early ... loved the experience and the views but couldn’t make it to the lake due to snow and loosing the trail about 1 mile away. I left my handheld gps on accident and was having problems with my compass and the map from the trail head at the falls. The snow starts about .5 after the falls. It can be packed down but if you fall through expect it up to your waist. It goes by rapids that have steep drop offs and icy slippery spots. Difficult to maneuver with the dogs. It continues just as steep but more technical than the path to the falls. The trial becomes a stream and thankfully I had my chacos or I would have been walking in soppy socks for awhile. We finally made it about a mile away around 5:30pm. It was starting to get dark in the valley and then I saw a cougar run the valley and jump a boulder I thought was next to the trail I had to take. I decided to call it quits. I got back to my car with minutes to spare before dark set in. I passed about 5 groups that attempted the trail on my way up and only one had made it to the lake. It was beautiful and difficult hike so just be prepared and start early. Go in a group and bring extra socks and/or water shoes. Map the trail out before and have a back up way to navigate. The app gps was skipping around on where we were in correlation to the trial. We were stuck in the large valley for over an hr trying to find the trial and then find where we came from due to the zigzags the gps was taking us on.

trail running
7 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!

8 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!

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

9 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.

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.

14 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.

14 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.


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

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.

Great hike. Parked at the Willow Brook trailhead. Streams were in full force. Trail was well maintained and marked. Trail has a semi-steep beginning and ending with a beautiful moderate hike in between. Willow Creek Falls are tremendous. Well worth the effort.

One of our faves. If you’re headed for the waterfall, starting at willowbrook trailhead is helpful. Trail was mostly dry today with only a few tiny wet spots. You no longer need snow shoes, micro spike, ice axe etc. Good to go.

22 days ago

if you want peace and serenity dont hike th8s one. opt for meadow creek. too many people on this trail who cant stop talking long enough to appreciate where they are.

23 days ago

Attempted to hike to Booth Lake today. Trail is free and clear of snow until the falls. Past the falls it gets snowy and after 12 PM becomes a posthole mess. We made it to about .3 miles from the lake. It was absolutely beautiful however. Totally enjoyed the hike, but again definite postholing.

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