Cross Creek Trail to Surprise Lake

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Cross Creek Trail to Surprise Lake is a 4.9 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
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
820 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

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14 hours ago

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

Nice moderate trail. Beautiful cascades

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8 days ago

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11 days ago

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16 days ago

Got 2.4 miles in and had to turn around due to weather. Not a hard hike. Nice trailhead

hiking
17 days ago

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19 days ago

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26 days ago

This was a really nice hike. Not too strenuous and not crowded. The trail is in great condition. You get some nice walking by water. But bring bug spray! We lost the trail because of the overgrown brush just before the lake. We also turned back because some hikers coming the other way told us they spotted a bear.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

A great, not too crowded hike with river access and a view of Mount of the Holy Cross. I would recommend a high clearance vehicle for the rocky road to the trailhead. Before crossing the creek, the meadow/marshy areas had a lot of mosquitoes. Not too far after the bridge is a steep spur trail down the the creek. On a hot day that was very rewarding. The aspens after the bridge were incredible. Would be great in fall. Surprise Lake is really more of a glorified pond that is quite marshy.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Good road to parking at trailhead, made it with our Prius. Our GPS had it closer to 6 miles rountrip to Surprise Lake. Great hike; we think it's one of the best in the area for a moderate hike

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

The road to the trailhead was rough and closed off so that we had to walk a mile to get there (not a big deal) and we never found Surprise Lake (that's okay). The hike itself was wonderful; the trail was in great condition, had beautiful views and, despite what some comments say below, was not steep at all in comparison to other trails we hiked nearby.

2 months ago

11 months ago

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

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!!