East Lake Creek Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
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East Lake Creek Trail is a 4.1 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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

snow

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.

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14 days ago

Great day for E. Lake Creek trail. Cloudy on the way to the creek and light rain on the way back. I love this trail. It’s full of wild blueberries and raspberries to munch on. I only passed a few people today. I had most of the trail to myself. Very relaxing....

29 days ago

It was 90f today so a shaded walk was ideal. Found it the top end of moderate but perhaps it was the heat! Well worth getting to the bridge/river where we had a pleasant lunch and snooze..

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, and know that you can go much farther than the 4 mile round trip. I did 10+ today before having lunch near a fast part of the river, and got tired going under, over, and around all the dead-falls. Good Job to the two U.S. Forest guys who were walking the trail cutting gaps in the dead-fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, along with a beautiful drive out to the trail from Edwards.. I was mostly hiking but did do a little trail running. The surface for the most part is smooth dirt. The wildflowers were wonderful and there was quite a bit of shade. I did find a parking spot at the trailhead midday on a Wednesday. Parking could be difficult on a weekend. The terrain does roll with several uphill and downhill sections. I could have used my shoes with deeper treads!

1 month ago

Fun hike. Beautiful flowers and best of all, my dogs had a blast in the water!

2 months ago

Great hike!

10 months ago

Aspens were great today, September 30. Be sure to go all the way to the bridge over the creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hiking trail. No obstructions. Moderate ascents and descents. Very scenic. Many aspen groves. Probably about a week late for peak aspen color change. Hiked to bridge and enjoyed lunch by creek. Very few hikers, maybe about a dozen. Highly recommend.

10 months ago

A beautiful hike through a huge aspen grove. 5 starts for hitting it around the peak of the yellowing leaves today. My Apple Watch called it 4.7 miles from the trailhead to the bridge and back.

10 months ago

Pretty view of the aspens in late September!

hiking
11 months ago

Very lush full of wild life and berries along the trail for miles. Nice views of some peaks through the aspen trees at the start, as you descend into the valley you will find a bridge crossing the stream where most hikers will end their hike. If you travel past this bridge you will find beautiful waterfalls first one a half mile past second one is at a mile up, and so on. Mushrooms galore.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Narrow at parts, better trails around for sure

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nice wooded trail... decent climb on the way back.. moderate traffic. Not huge views but enjoyable and wooded pretty.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Not much of a view at then end but a beautiful trail none the less!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Very few people on this trail, and the aspens are starting to turn. Lovely.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, July 23, 2012

About 3/4 miles in the trail splits between difficult and moderate. There is no visual stopping spot up to that point and few wild flowers in late July.

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