Mystic Island Lake and Lake Charles via Ironedge Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Mystic Island Lake and Lake Charles via Ironedge Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eagle, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,965 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

2 months ago

Clean up after yourself, including dog poop bags. Pack it in, pack it out. Put out fires and DON’T have a fire when there are bans! Beautiful but challenging.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing scenery. Lake Charles is an amazing alpine lake surrounded by some pretty staggering peaks. The lake was pretty much frozen over, except at the shoreline. Breathtaking (and that's not just the cold).

BUT

There was comprehensive coverage of knee deep snow on the ground, starting about two miles below Lake Charles. This made an already hard-to-find trail nearly impossible to follow. So we were pretty much postholing for those two miles (and it took us about three hours each way). If you've got snowshoes, bring em (at least until things warm up). And bring your GPS. That was key.

6 months ago

One of my favorite alpine lake in CO. Just beware the iron side trail... trail markers are not maintained and can be very difficult to follow. Bring your GPS!!!

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Loved it! 14 miles total, me and my friend started at 8:30am and had Lunch in Mystic island lake for about 1 hour.... Then we hiked down and we where done at 3:45pm.... Beautiful scenery.... Both lakes beautiful as well...

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017