Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Eagle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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8 days ago

Love this trail when you get to the top. It should not be rated easy though. Steep incline for 2 miles.

Beautiful hike! It was moderate to difficult but the views up top were totally worth the climb.

awesome hike well worth it!

1 month ago

Pack it in, pack it out- including dog poop bags. Follow fire restrictions- no fires if there is a ban. Hard trip but peaceful destination.

1 month ago

This is a new favorite hike. We only passed one person on the trail, and he was the guy running the Peter Estin Hut at the end of the trail. It's mostly covered with some exposed spots. As others have said, it's definitely longer than 3 miles. We clocked around 5+ miles up to the hut and back. But the views from the hut are great and well worth the incline.

Started from the road. 7 miles up to Lake and back. Definitely not for the novice but worth it. Lake is small but beautiful.

1 month ago

This trail was amazing. It leads all the way up to Mt Charles which I nearly summited but was not prepared for such a long hike. 2.9 miles? Seems longer than that. Beautiful views, many alpine flowers in bloom, and just a nice long trail. It kicked my butt. I plan to come back here ASAP.

1 month ago

We started from the LEDE reservoir end of this trail and after about a mile the trail became very overgrown and nearly impossible to follow. After wandering around in the meadows we finally came across part of the trail that had lots of downed trees laying across it. It might be better from the opposite end, but starting from the LEDE end sucked.

This hike is moderate to difficult. I used hiking poles today for the first time and was SO happy that I did! Some stretches of the trail are very steep and have small rocks that move and there are a few boggy spots to traverse, so the poles were helpful. The lake is gorgeous, but be certain to continue past to the overlook (about 100+ yards more. It is very cold at the lake so bring a warm jacket. Going back down was rough on my knees. Should have worn my brace.

1 month ago

Fun hike. My son and I took a cave tour with guide and several Boy Scouts last summer. It was a highlight of our trip.

3 months ago

The beginning mile has a pretty good incline. Wasn't expecting that, but has beautiful views when you turn around. About 1.6 miles up we ran into snow which caused us to turn around. Heard some loud wilflife sounds which was cool and was nice and breezy. Good workout of a hike overall

6 months ago

This was a great challenge with a huge payoff!

10 months ago

first time backpacking in Colorado. very scenic hike that follows a stream for a good portion. lake was really relaxing and stunning with the snow capped mountain in background.

11 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

Awesome hike! Had a yellow belly marmot come right up to me while sitting on a rock overlooking the lake.

Great views at the top if you go off trail to the north.

Great fishing

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

Great for lunch and a comfortable and beautiful hike.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Loved it step and a good exercise... I did the entire loop... Hike up to the cabin then hike down to the lake Charles then we add a mile more from Charles up to the Mystic island lakes and hike down trough the lake Charles trail.... Pretty much I made between 12-13 miles in total

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great hike, well marked trail. A few backpackers & day hikers. In and out in 7 hours with an hour at Mystic Island Lake. I would rate it as a hard hike. Had a great weather window then a brief hail storm hit while at the top.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Really pretty lake with pristine waters . There were so many bugs which detracted from the walk quite a bit for me.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Super beautiful. Honestly one of the nicest trails I've hiked in Colorado. The whole thing is gorgeous.

2 things to note. The trail is only 5.5 miles and is not difficult as stated in the description. It's medium difficultly at worst. There two really pronounced ascents, but the rest is really steady uphill. My comparison is to other trails in the area that are way harder.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 16th -lakes are spectacular, partially covered in ice. The trail in is a bit of a mess- lots of dead and down trees to maneuver around. On upper 1/2 of trail still lots of snow patches that were firm in the morning but softened up quite a bit by afternoon. With the warm weather lately snow seems to be melting quickly and there were patches of snow we used as snowbridges in the morning that were melted by the time we came back through. The runoff is flowing down and covering large sections of the trail and there are a lot of stream crossings.
Be prepared for water, mud, and snow. All that being said, this was still a fantastic hike and well worth it for the views once you get to the lakes!

Friday, June 16, 2017

So many other prettier hikes in the area. The wildflowers were gorgeous, though.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Awesome trail...I think? In all seriousness, this was an awesome hike. We 100% needed snowshoes and I'm glad that we brought them. Not sure how long the snow will stick around up there, but be sure to keep an eye out for sawed logs as we lost the trail a few times do to the amount of snow. If you follow the creek/river you'll make it to the lake. Also, the road up to the Fulford Campground was closed, so we camped in Yeoman Campground and hiked to the trailhead - fairly simple incline to get there. Looking forward to going back and making the trek past Lake Charles to Mystic Island Lake without all of the snow.

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Was a good day. A little windy and cool. But typical for this season. A long hike into some dense areas. A few areas were a little tough to climb, but not difficult. There are a couple of down trees blocking the path, but easily able to walk around it. You will be ascending in some areas and once you get to the lake it is all worth it.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great hike to the main cave entrance. Ladder works and the rope is attached to the end of the ladder. Not too cold for this time of season. Lots of fun, plenty of rock formations, lots of exploring, with pretty cool water flowing deep in parts of the cave.
Need a permit, map and essentials for cave exploration. I highly recommend going here and spending the entire day inside.

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