Explore the most popular hiking 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.

awesome hike well worth it!

9 days 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.

Clean up after yourself, including dog poop bags. Pack it in, pack it out. Put out fires and DON’T have a fire when there are bans! Beautiful but challenging.

hiking
13 days 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.

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
21 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

The first part of this trail is relatively easy, but somewhat overgrown. Definitely recommend pants. The last 1/3 or so is more strenuous and has a lot more elevation gain. We were missing our hiking poles on the way back down due to some steep loose sections. Overall a fun, scenic hike with several nice waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the end. It took us just under three hours at an easy pace.

hiking
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.

Absolutely amazing scenery. Lake Charles is an amazing alpine lake surrounded by some pretty staggering peaks. The lake was pretty much frozen over, except at the shoreline. Breathtaking (and that's not just the cold).

BUT

There was comprehensive coverage of knee deep snow on the ground, starting about two miles below Lake Charles. This made an already hard-to-find trail nearly impossible to follow. So we were pretty much postholing for those two miles (and it took us about three hours each way). If you've got snowshoes, bring em (at least until things warm up). And bring your GPS. That was key.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with a beautiful ending. One of my favorites. Mt Holy Cross overlooks the lake. Did this hike May 24th and there were still several stretches of knee deep snow, but you can mostly work around them with no trouble. Also, trees are down near the lake so it took a little creativity to get to the actual lake. We didn’t need microspikes or poles.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is used predominantly by mountain bikers so this nice walk was sometimes interrupted by the need to jump out of the way. The 300+ foot ascent happens mostly in climbing the first ridge but after that it's a comfortable series of rolling walks, largely through wooded glens. And it smelled fabulous kind of like wood baking in the sun.

There are a few hikes with trailheads in the immediate area. You'll want to park in the section of the lot furthest from the Eagle Ice Rink and Pool building to find the Haymaker trailhead.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great quick trail. Needs more signs. Sometimes is not very easy to know where you are and where you are going.

hiking
2 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

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
5 months ago

This was a great challenge with a huge payoff!

hiking
6 months ago

We did this as a morning hike before flying out of Eagle. The trail is easy to find although I would probably give it an easy rather than moderate rating as it was mostly flat. This seems like it would be more entertaining to mountain bike.Overall it was okay, took us about 70 minutes to do the loop.

hiking
7 months ago

3/5 for hiking, 5/5 for bikes. Haymaker provides a wonderful view of the town of Eagle, CO as you ascend the slope. The trail is primarily for mountain biking. The tracks are well defined with many challenging curves, not for your average biker! Hiking wise, the ascent is not bad at all and the trail short. For people on foot, I would recommend it for travelers looking for a quick foot trip as they pass through town or runners and their pets.

hiking
8 months ago

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

backpacking
9 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
10 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.

backpacking
10 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
11 months ago

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

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