Explore the most popular wildlife 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

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.

3 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.

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.

7 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.

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8 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!

10 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!

11 days ago

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

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.

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

15 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.

15 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.

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.

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 views, decent hills without being overwhelming, and got a good 1.8 miles in before the boot tracks stopped. Still pretty snowy about 1.5 miles in. Can’t wait to Summit in the summer!

24 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.

Tried to Summit Buffalo this morning but just too much snow and we completely lost the trail in the snow-the tracks just ended about 1/2 way up where Trail takes sharp left turn. Will try again!

Hiked on 5/25, snow is melted, just a little mud in spots, but you can get around it. It’s a lot of fun to take kids, and is one of my son’s favorite hikes. There are actually two small lakes at the end. We really enjoyed it.

Beautiful trail that winds through lodge pole forest, aspen groves, and meadows and crosses over a few streams (with a bridge). There are frequent opportunities to step aside and enjoy the views while catching your breath.
This route to Lily Pad Lake was completely clear of snow and almost completely dry on 5/19. The route to Lily Pad Lake from Ryan Gulch had a few more snow and mud patches, but nothing unmanageable. The aspens are just starting to leaf out! Enjoy!

1 month ago

Still pretty snowy, overall. The first mile was pretty dry. The next mile was wet but no snow. By about the 3rd mile it was getting getting snowy, and we turned back a little before mile 4. The snow wasn't too bad, and traction wasn't needed, but there was a bit of postholing.

1 month ago

The trail is very snowy still (mid May) I post holed up to knee for the latter 2/3rds of the trail. Turned around just before gore range trail. It was all swamped out with ice water and I couldn’t divert to avoid getting more wet. Also a good deal of dead fall over the trail. It needs some chainsaw love and probably a couple more weeks of thaw. Hope to return in a month.

Hiked on 5/7/18 ( a Monday morning) with my dog. Lots of snow, slush and mud. Requires careful footing as the snow is fairly deep in many areas. Mid hiking boots were fine, but snow boots or trax would’ve been better. Also wished I had my trekking poles with me. Found some sturdy branches. Overall, it’s a very pretty trail and lake. Worth the hike. However, this was on a Monday morning with no one around. Would definitely avoid going here on the weekend.

Have done this trail a few times. Definitely a more difficult trail. Trail is difficult to find with snow, but this app helps a lot. Most of the way is uphill, but worth it. Especially if you continue up to the ridge to see Lost Lake. Gorgeous views.

Snow packed about a mile in. Still fun. Be careful!

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