Cross Creek Trail to Surprise Lake

MODERATE 6 reviews
#92 of 176 trails in

Cross Creek Trail to Surprise Lake is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
777 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

8 months ago

Not many vistas as you climb the steep trail. Trees are beautiful though. We didn't make it to the top.

10 months ago

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!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

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.

camping
Monday, October 05, 2015

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.

Sunday, June 01, 2014