Lake Eileen Trail

HARD 19 reviews
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Lake Eileen Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Bayfield, Colorado and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

lake

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 18 miles north on County Road #501 beyond Vallecito Reservoir. After passing the west side of the reservoir, watch for the Forest Service Work Center about a mile north. Parking is available on the right at the trail sign just beyond. If no parking is available, continue around the corner for about 500 feet to a small pull-off on your right.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good test trail for endurance and strength. Start early because once that sun comes out it gets really hot really quickly. The view is incredible and the trail itself hides a few surprises left over from the fire that ran through here years ago. Despite that,life has returned so stay alert especially when you reach Lake Eileen, which is more than a large pond than anything else.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

7.5 months pregnant and I did not find it difficult at all. It was super pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, perfect to bring the dogs along, just make sure to have enough water for everyone!

hiking
3 months ago

I'd probably suggest to do this during the early evening or morning when it's not so hot. Enjoyable hike, make sure to bring plenty of water and take time to sit and enjoy the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

My boys (7 & 5) liked it! Nice views of Vallecito along the way, and a great little lake at the top. Take a hammock or two to enjoy the Lake Eileen view. And don't be fooled -- it's basically uphill all the way to the lake, but there is shade here and there. If you need a shorter walk, you can hike to the creek crossing maybe 25 minutes up the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Cool little pond/lake at the top

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Friday, August 12, 2016

fairly challenging. The lake is worth it.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

trail running
Sunday, April 10, 2016

snowshoeing
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Great little hike. Lots of switchbacks. Very rewarding once you reach the Lake.

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

It's worth the hike. The lake is small. It does go thru the burn zone but it's coming back nicely. There are tough spots. I wouldn't call it tough but it's no cake walk.

hiking
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I wouldn't call the trail difficult except for the fallen timber you might have to scramble over. Most of it passes through the 2002 burn area. It's not very scenic compared to other trails in the area, but it's worth doing. You might see a few people.