East Lake Creek Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Edwards, 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 October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Eagle: Go 18 miles east on I-70 to the Edwards exit. Go south on Highway 6, then turn west . Go 0.7 mile and turn right onto Lake Creek Road, at the National Forest Access sign. Travel 1.8 miles and turn right onto West Lake Creek Road. Be sure to stay on West Lake Creek Road as it winds through a residential area. After the pavement ends, travel on the dirt road for 1.1 miles until there is a V in the road. Take the left fork and follow this road for one mile to the East Lake Creek trailhead. There is a parking area which can accommodate small trailers and a bulletin board at the trailhead. There are no other facilities at the trailhead.
Trail was very pretty and fun to hike. Snowshoes or yak-traks recommended. We didn't have either and were totally fine. However, trail was slick in spots and definitely had some 'post-holin' spots.
Great short afternoon hike. Went in late fall early winter so trees weren't as colorful, but would be great during the fall. Nice easy up slope to start than a long decent into the valley floor below. There isn't much of a lake to relax at but many spots along the river were great.
Good trail, my dog liked it! I went to the bridge, solid two hours out and back. Mostly downhill on the way to the bridge, a nice workout on the way back...nothing extreme. Enjoy.
Very few people on this trail, and the aspens are starting to turn. Lovely.
Great trail, perfect for a early fall hike. Lots of aspens and wild berries, great views with some up and down hiking. Not to difficult, Dead Dog trail is accessible from this trail.
Very pleasant wooded trail with occasional longer range views. The trail goes over a ridge and then drops down into East Lake Creek. After about 1.75 miles the trail at this time of year is very over grown by vegetation. It is a little bit of a nuisance but is easy to follow.
The jewel of this hike is that at East Lake Creek there is a footbridge and at this point your can hike south further into Holy Cross wilderness. The US Topographical map shows this trail but map on AllTrails does not. I would have loved to hiked up the valley for at least another mile or two, but I was running out of daylight and had to head back to the trail head.
I would definitely like to hike this again and also hike the Dead Dog Trail that forks off about 1/3 of the way in.
A pretty walk in the Aspens! The app guide didn't take us far enough to see the lake or creek at all, which would have warranted another star or two from me.
You spend much of the hike in aspen and it is incredibly beautiful in late September. My GPS recorded it to be 3 miles to East Lake Creek.
I like to hike the East Lake Creek trail from the trail head down to the bridge over the river and back, 5 miles round trip (not the 25 miles listed here.) This year with heavy rainfall, the trail is overgrown and it's most comfortable to wear pants and/or long sleeves. This is a beautiful trail with a lot of shade and thimble berries.