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79 mi 127 km of trail 10 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 7 Trails Intermediate Trails 25 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails

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Gems in Eagles Nest Wilderness - 2

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gem Favorite Looking up at Zodiac Spires from North Willow Lake

Zodiac Ridge

(2) Silvert…, CO
gem Favorite A beautiful section of Boulder Creek that is passed on the way to Upper Boulder Lake.

Upper Boulder Lake

(1) Vail, CO

Recommended Routes in Eagles Nest Wilderness - 10

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Favorite One more view of Red before dropping down the other side of Eccles Pass
Intermediate/Difficult

Buffalo Mountain Loop

13.4 mi 21.6 km 2,976' Up 907.08 m Up 2,960' Down 902.3 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Just starting up the Slate Creek Trail
Difficult

Upper Slate Lake

22.7 mi 36.5 km 4,091' Up 1247.06 m Up 4,091' Down 1246.96 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite The marsh on South Rock Creek
Very Difficult

Rock Creek Loop

12.1 mi 19.5 km 3,123' Up 951.92 m Up 3,123' Down 951.92 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Mountains in the distance above Lower Cataract Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Eaglesmere-Surprise Lake Loop

11.0 mi 17.7 km 2,294' Up 699.21 m Up 2,330' Down 710.08 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite I stopped in the meadow and had lunch.
Intermediate

Mesa Cortina to Gore Range Trail Out and Back

8.0 mi 12.9 km 918' Up 279.86 m Up 921' Down 280.58 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Final descent to Upper Cataract Lake with Eagles Nest looming in the distance.
Intermediate/Difficult

Upper Cataract Lake

10.4 mi 16.8 km 2,510' Up 765.14 m Up 2,510' Down 764.95 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Final descent to Upper Cataract Lake with Eagles Nest looming in the distance.
Intermediate/Difficult

Long Eaglesmere - Upper Cateract - Surprise Lake Loop

25.3 mi 40.8 km 4,232' Up 1289.84 m Up 4,424' Down 1348.56 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Bridge crossings
Intermediate

South Willowbrook Loop

5.0 mi 8.1 km 805' Up 245.22 m Up 806' Down 245.74 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Staring up into the abyss that is the East Thorne!
Intermediate/Difficult

Salmon Lake

10.3 mi 16.6 km 2,415' Up 736.16 m Up 2,415' Down 736.1 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Lower Boulder Lake.
Intermediate

Rock Creek to Lower Boulder Lake

5.7 mi 9.2 km 1,060' Up 323.17 m Up 1,060' Down 323.07 m Down

Silvert…, CO

Trails in Eagles Nest Wilderness - 28

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6.6 mi 10.6 km #1North Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO 18 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #2Buffalo Cabin Trail
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO 21 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #3North Tenmile Creek
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Intermediate
Frisco, CO 15 
1.2 mi 2.0 km #4Red Peak
Very Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Very Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
1.5 mi 2.5 km #5Sunrise Trail 9136
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
2.6 mi 4.3 km #6Lily Pad Lake Trail #50
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO 19 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Salmon Lake
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #8Meadow Creek Trail #33
Intermediate/Difficult
Frisco, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Frisco, CO
2.1 mi 3.4 km #9Lower Cataract Loop Trail
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
7.3 mi 11.7 km #10Upper Cataract Lake Trail #63
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
Vail, CO
4.8 mi 7.7 km #11Slate Creek Trail
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
2.6 mi 4.2 km #12Surprise Lake Trail #62
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
5.7 mi 9.1 km #13Boulder Lake Trail
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
2.7 mi 4.4 km #14Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km #15North Rock Creek Trail #46
Easy/Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #16Mesa Cortina Trail
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
3.2 mi 5.2 km #17Harrigan Creek Trail #9099
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #18South Willow Falls Crossover
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #19Eaglesmere Trail #61
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
3.9 mi 6.2 km #20South Rim Black Creek Trail #64.1A
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
Vail, CO
1.3 mi 2.0 km #21County Road 1831 Connector
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #22South Willowbrook Trail #9154
Easy/Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
1.8 mi 3.0 km #23Ridge Traverse Primitive Route
Very Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Very Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km #24Pebble Creek Trail #9095
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #25North Rock Creek Primitive Route
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
3.9 mi 6.3 km #26South Rock Creek Route
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #27Wheeler Lakes Trail #60.1A
Intermediate
Copper Mountain, CO
Intermediate
Copper Mountain, CO
3.7 mi 6.0 km #28Lost Lake Trail #64
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO

Photos of Eagles Nest Wilderness - 102

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The marsh on South Rock Creek
Aug 2, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Hiking up the ridge between South Rock Creek and North Rock Creek.
Aug 2, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
A beautiful section of Boulder Creek that is passed on the way to Upper Boulder Lake.
Aug 3, 2016 near Vail, CO
Upper Boulder Lake.
Aug 3, 2016 near Vail, CO
One more view of Red before dropping down the other side of Eccles Pass
Mar 14, 2015 near Frisco, CO
From Eccles Pass, enjoy this view looking back at the South Willow Creek drainage.
Jul 5, 2017 near Frisco, CO
Exploring the nearby ridge extension between South Rock Creek and North Rock Creek.
Aug 2, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
A pond on South Rock Creek.
Aug 2, 2016 near Silvert…, CO