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Surprise Trailhead Mirror Lake and Cat Lake

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Eagles Nest Wilderness

Surprise Trailhead Mirror Lake and Cat Lake is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.3 mi Elevation gain 3,182 ft Route type Out & Back

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Jackson Miller
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HikingBridge out

Really beautiful, secluded trail. There were a few people on the way to upper cataract, but as soon as I passed that there was nobody. Be prepared for a river crossing with no bridge/log. I was able to just wade through it easily. The trail does get a little challenging to follow after this river, but it is worth it to get to the lake. Spent one night there, it was amazing! The water was beautiful and just warm enough to swim around in. Just be aware that there are tons of mosquitoes right now. I had a great time!

Andrea Dumais
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, not too crowded! Completely snow free up to mirror lake. Mosquitos are rough so bring bug spray!

Mike Mougin
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HikingBugsSnow

No snow up to Cat Lake but lots of snow still after Cat Lake on the way to Mirror Lake. Trail very obscured. Tons of Mosquitoes- bring Deet! Found a spectacular campsite at Cat Lake down off the trail. Very few backpackers on the trail. Be sure to also see Upper Cataract Lake - it’s magnificent!!!

Mark Figge
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Backpacking

It was a steady incline, with no snow to surprise lake. Past surprise lake there were a couple down trees but nothing unpassable. Near cat lake was some snow but doable in waterproof hiking boots. The biggest issue this time of year was the mosquitos. They were really bad during the day and unbareable during dusk and dawn. We ended up not making it to mirror lake as we weren't fully prepared for the bugs. Views are definitely worth it, just bring a lot of deet bug spray! natural bug spray definitely did not cut it.

scott middlemist
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Pretty steady hike up. Great camping at both lakes

Aaron Honzik
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Camping

Wooo! Worth it.

scott middlemist
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Backpacking

Great trail with many open spaces to camp. The trail is a lot of steep dry creek bed so there are a lot of rocks. The lakes are all great and also provide some great camping once you make it up there.

Adam Kincaid
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Beautiful hike with steep inclines and eroded trails but beautiful streams and well cared for paths. Lakes, views, streams, and lots of squirrels.

Mandy Doria
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Matt Gervais
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Stephanie Krull
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Leland Smith
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Paul Morton
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