Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Just hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and came across a total of eight people... crazy! It's a long, dusty drive to get to to the trailhead off of 400 (I came through Eagle), but well worth it if you don't like hiking with a crowd. Not too tough of an effort, and (relatively) warm water in the lake.

This hike was pretty easy at first with a moderate to difficult climb towards the end. The trail is slightly overgrown but not too bad. pretty and peaceful once you get to the lake.

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.

It’s a very enjoyable hike providing panoramic views in certain places. Not too rocky and the insect factor has been negligible on the two I’ve done so far. Classic high desert flora with a few short inclines to get the blood pumping. Stay alert for riders in both directions.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

Great single track. Mostly uphill the first 3-4miles, great workout. Downhill is fast and fun

Redneck Ridge was awesome and not so busy, my few minutes on Boneyard we’re full of moving over for bikers.
I went straight up to the right of Boneyard at the bottom, met up with the road for a bit and then hopped onto the inner trail to the top. Took same trail down and stayed left at “detour” onto ridge. Only 2 runners and 2 bikers passed me on the way down, nice and quiet.

Would love to come back and bike the ridge!!

No watering points so not really a great dog hike.

This trail was really nice! Definitely seems more suited to mountain bikers so if that's your activity of choice, this is a great place to do so! I hiked it and Boneyard has a nice gradual incline with lots of switchbacks. You get some nice views to the east and south/SE but a lot is in the little forest. The parking lot at the bottom is pretty small (maybe 7 cars) and no facilities. I also caught a glimpse of a sign that mentioned something about maybe no parking on street but didn't see exactly what it said. A great little afternoon outing though!

backpacking
6 months ago

This was a great challenge with a huge payoff!

hiking
9 months ago

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

backpacking
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.

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

Great fishing

backpacking
11 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.

hiking
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.

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

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!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

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!

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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