Explore the most popular trail running 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.

4 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
8 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
15 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
15 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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

hiking
11 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.

backpacking
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.

hiking
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!

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.

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!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

great one day hike

Monday, September 28, 2015

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

camping
Monday, September 14, 2015

An absolutely beautiful hike. I started on a Friday night and stopped to camp for the evening just before the Holy Cross Wilderness boundary. The next morning I continued the trip to Lake Charles. It get quite steep at about mile 4, but nothing dangerous, and nothing overly rigorous. There are multiple places to camp near Lake Charles, and when I was there I only saw a handful of people, maybe 10 at the most. The alpine lakes are just breathtaking at all hours of the day. I will definitely do this hike again. The hike back was much easier and I made excellent time, leaving the campsite at 8:30 and arriving back at my car before 11 am.

hiking
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"

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

We took the Lake Charles Trail down from Lake Charles to the Fulford Campgrouns as we backpacked the Ironedge Trail up to Lake Charles. It was raining, and had been raining for quite some time so the tail we very wet, muddy, and slick, I am pretty sure we each slipped at least once. That being said, it was BEAUTIFUL. It is a very steep descent down at the beginning for about 1.5-2.5 miles. It then become much more gradual. Everything was so green. It follows the river the entire way and it was just beautiful. Absolutely recommend. Hope to try it out when it is not so wet next time!

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