Nolan Lake Trail

HARD 11 reviews
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Nolan Lake Trail is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eagle, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.8 miles
3103 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running




Directions from Eagle: Follow the Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 10.3 miles, going past Yeoman Park and following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. The trailhead is on the right, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike but wouldn't consider it hard. Once you start up the road the trailhead will be on your left approx 1/4 mile up the road be vigilant the sign is easy to miss. Abundance of trout in the lake

9 months ago

Up, up, up to a beautiful lake. Very pleasant hike. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

11 months ago

This hike is more of an adventure! Moderate Difficulty. Slow and steady will get you to the lake IF you pay special attention to the small signs. If you find yourself on a double track trail? Turn around you missed a sign. This is a single track trail that will bring you to a beautiful alpine lake. Start EARLY because weather will come in the afternoon. Not too many insects are up at the top. No cell service 95% of the way up. Limited cell service at the late near the waterfall. It's a all day adventure few people on the trail. Cheers!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Saw a mountain goat by the lake! Hard trail but so worth the effort. Plus going back is all downhill. Had so much fun here the views are so awesome.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Great hike for September. Dry. Great views of leaves. Loved it. Bro said sneakers ok. Not! Plenty of rocks.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Did this hike 2 days ago in prep for hunting season and it was spectacular! Fairly steep in spots so definitely wear the lace up boots. Starts by the town of Folford south of Eagle. Trail begins by passing through an abandoned mining town (upper town) and has a few nice waterfalls along the trail, a few scree fields and mossy pine sections. Amazing view from the lake. There is a trail that circles 2/3 of the lake and you just have to navigate the rocks the last bit. Don't forget your fly rod! Lots of brook trout feeding at the surface on midges. There are a few smaller lakes above Nolan lake with New York Mountain as it's backdrop. Gorgeous! There's also a cool story to read about a lost mine up there "the lost mine on slate mountain"

Saturday, July 13, 2013

This is a difficult but beautiful lake hike!

10 months ago

Monday, August 08, 2016

Saturday, July 11, 2015