Explore the most popular forest 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.

One of my favorite alpine lake in CO. Just beware the iron side trail... trail markers are not maintained and can be very difficult to follow. Bring your GPS!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a great challenge with a huge payoff!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, great views from high up. Some snow as you get into the high elevations.

backpacking
7 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.

hiking
8 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 fishing

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

backpacking
9 months ago

Not a bad hike. 6.2 miles round trip. Wish I would have had all day to fish and walk to the other lakes up the valley. Lots of brook trout. Nice places to set a tent. Good shelter/coverage of storms come in. First half of the hike is relatively flat, 2nd half a steady climb. Definitely worth the effort!

Great for lunch and a comfortable and beautiful hike.

Loved it! 14 miles total, me and my friend started at 8:30am and had Lunch in Mystic island lake for about 1 hour.... Then we hiked down and we where done at 3:45pm.... Beautiful scenery.... Both lakes beautiful as well...

hiking
9 months ago

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.

One of the best we have been on in this area. Great variety of terrain and great scenery. A bit overgrown in areas, but not too buggy. Nice gravel road to trailhead. Did not see many people.

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

I'm not sure where people found a lake on this trail but there isn't one.. unless there's some unmarked trail that takes you down to a secret lake that's not on this map. No, those 2 bodies of water along the way are not lakes, those are marshes. Anyways, got up to the parking lot around 645am on a Monday and was pleased it was empty. Gorgeous trail that's well maintained, had lots of time to take everything in and explore. Ended up getting almost to the end when I realized the lake was not on this trail and turned around, still went 12.8 miles total so I made it pretty far. Lots of wildflowers right now and it's a nice change to be hiking in mostly covered trail. Looking forward to exploring this area more!

backpacking
10 months ago

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.

Amazing hike and majestic lake!! Take bug spray!! Not hard hike at all!

hiking
10 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!

11 months ago

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!

Such an awesome trail. Perfect if you want to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. To get there you need to drive on a gravel road a short distance and there is a place for parking that worked out well. We didn't make it nearly to the end as this is such a long trail, but this trail was a good challenge with a variety of ups and downs. Totally serene and some of the wooded areas are almost mesmerizing--I would totally recommend this trail!

11 months ago

Still a lot of snow over the trail when you get about a mile out from the lake. But awesome view if you push through like I did!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

backpacking
Friday, September 02, 2016

Great trail,it is pretty difficult but worth it - lots of tree roots and rocks to navigate. We didn't see many people during the hike but there were a few other groups camping at the lake. Overall beautiful spot and a great place to camp.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beautiful easy hike around the lake. Great for families!

backpacking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

We decided to backpack an overnighter at Mystic Island Lake, so our trip was a little longer than this route. My gps tracked almost exactly 6 miles all the way to where we made camp at Mystic Island Lake. Trailhead is in the middle of the Fulford Cave Campground. Scenery at the start of the trail is mostly aspen low growth forest, you'll pass by a few talus fields. First 2 miles are mostly flat, then comes a series of steep sections. Section between Lake Charles and Mystic Island Lake is mostly flat as well, so if you get all the way to Charles with ease, don't be afraid to keep pushing higher. Climbing parts can be misleading also, as you can't simply look uphill where the trail is taking you. Lots of water features along the way: creeks, waterfalls, natural wells, and obviously the lakes themselves. Overall a beautiful trail, and a wonderful place for an overnighter, especially during the Perseid meteor shower!

Best trail I have ever been on. Nice climb up to the beautiful lake. Hiked/climbed up to the snow line. A must see if you get the chance.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Maybe one of the best hikes I have taken in Colorado. The fall colors were incredible and the lake is breathtaking.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazing hike! Hiked this trail a few weeks ago with our two children 8 & 10. Starts out fairly flat and then a pretty steep ascent up towards the lake. Beautiful hike with an amazing waterfall along the way. The lake was beautiful but hadn't been there 5 mins and got rained and hailed on. Would definitely do this hike again but just start earlier in the morning.

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