Lake Eileen Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Lake Eileen Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bayfield, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 months ago

Nice steady ascent. Nothing difficult. Good views of Vallecito lake and dam on the ascent, but no views to speak of at the top. Good for 2 hour hike.

hiking
3 months ago

To wouldn’t rate this as hard per se. The switchbacks are consistent but nothing super hard. It tools us 1.5 hours up with breaks and about 1 hour down. It was a good trail because of the views of the distance mountains and the fall colors. When you get to the lake, there are a few logs to rest and have a snack. Our dog ran into the lake for some water and cams out muddy. There is a stream at the start of the trail. There is not much shade hiking up, so where sunscreen.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, relatively quick hike with great views across the valley and over part of Vallecito reservoir.

5 months ago

Rode this trail on horseback with a friend.. awesome trail beautiful scenery.. even though we were on horseback it still was a very difficult trail but absolutely worth it.

6 months ago

I recommend this for early or late season or very early morning. it was HOT with little cover available. Nice climb. I would classify as moderate.

7 months ago

Great views north up Vallecito Creek and south down the lake. Lots of beautiful aspen — more cover than trail description lets on. I’d call it moderate in difficulty. Good trail quality. Not at all crowded on weekdays!

hiking
Monday, December 04, 2017

Difficult hike for us middle-aged hikers, but we pushed through and it was worth it! beautiful lake and amazing echos! We need a day to recover, though. Even our dog was tired!

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great hike. Cool little pond/lake at the top

Friday, August 12, 2016

fairly challenging. The lake is worth it.

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.

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