Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Eagle Lake Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eagle, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.4 miles
1,036 feet
Out & Back

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Directions from Hwy. 82: Travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road approximately 22 miles to road #400 on the left side of the road just past second bridge after Ruedi Reservoir. After a steep climb the road goes through Lime Park. At the upper end of the park take road #506 to the right for about one mile. When the road forks again, take road #507 to the left for approximately miles to the trailhead bulletin board. At this point the road is closed because of private property.

9 days ago

Just hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and came across a total of eight people... crazy! It's a long, dusty drive to get to to the trailhead off of 400 (I came through Eagle), but well worth it if you don't like hiking with a crowd. Not too tough of an effort, and (relatively) warm water in the lake.

13 days ago

This hike was pretty easy at first with a moderate to difficult climb towards the end. The trail is slightly overgrown but not too bad. pretty and peaceful once you get to the lake.

1 month ago

The first part of this trail is relatively easy, but somewhat overgrown. Definitely recommend pants. The last 1/3 or so is more strenuous and has a lot more elevation gain. We were missing our hiking poles on the way back down due to some steep loose sections. Overall a fun, scenic hike with several nice waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the end. It took us just under three hours at an easy pace.

2 months ago

Great hike with a beautiful ending. One of my favorites. Mt Holy Cross overlooks the lake. Did this hike May 24th and there were still several stretches of knee deep snow, but you can mostly work around them with no trouble. Also, trees are down near the lake so it took a little creativity to get to the actual lake. We didn’t need microspikes or poles.

9 months ago

Great hike, great views from high up. Some snow as you get into the high elevations.

11 months ago

Not a bad hike. 6.2 miles round trip. Wish I would have had all day to fish and walk to the other lakes up the valley. Lots of brook trout. Nice places to set a tent. Good shelter/coverage of storms come in. First half of the hike is relatively flat, 2nd half a steady climb. Definitely worth the effort!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Amazing hike and majestic lake!! Take bug spray!! Not hard hike at all!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Still a lot of snow over the trail when you get about a mile out from the lake. But awesome view if you push through like I did!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Maybe one of the best hikes I have taken in Colorado. The fall colors were incredible and the lake is breathtaking.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazing hike! Hiked this trail a few weeks ago with our two children 8 & 10. Starts out fairly flat and then a pretty steep ascent up towards the lake. Beautiful hike with an amazing waterfall along the way. The lake was beautiful but hadn't been there 5 mins and got rained and hailed on. Would definitely do this hike again but just start earlier in the morning.

Friday, October 23, 2015

My favorite hike yet. Especially beautiful in the fall. I did not see anyone on the trail the day I went and the lake is gorgeous.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Great day hike. First half runs through aspens and can be thick with undergrowth. Wish I had worn long pants for this section. The second half is challenging and almost entirely uphill. Once you reach the lake, you can maneuver your way over to the opposite side of the lake to sit on some large rocks that plunge into the water. This spot offers a much better view of the lake and surrounding mountains but can be a bit tricky to get to.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just completed today 9-17-14. Trail was well marked. Good weather and the trees were beginning to change. Stayed over night at the lake. First half is easy. Second half is a bear.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

We hiked this trail in the fall, and it was beautiful! We only passed one other group early on during our hike, so when we got to the lake, we had it all to ourselves. There was also some established places to camp near the lake, so it would be a short backpack in.

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