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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

(4) 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 - 11

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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 Gore range
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 Hiking up the ridge between South Rock Creek and North 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 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
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 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 Wildflowers in front of one of the Wheeler Lakes
Intermediate

Gore Range to Wheeler Lakes

7.1 mi 11.4 km 1,423' Up 433.71 m Up 1,423' Down 433.75 m Down

Copper…, CO

Eagles Nest Wilderness Running

  • 261 Miles 420 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 26 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Eagles Nest Wilderness - 30

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6.6 mi 10.6 km #1North Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Silverthorne, CO 23 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #2Buffalo Cabin Trail
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO
Difficult
Silverthorne, CO 23 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #3North Tenmile Creek
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Intermediate
Frisco, CO 16 
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 20 
49.7 mi 80.0 km #7Gore Range Trail #60
Difficult
Copper Mountain, CO
Difficult
Copper Mountain, CO 10 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #8Salmon Lake
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
Intermediate
Silverthorne, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km #9Meadow Creek Trail #33
Intermediate/Difficult
Frisco, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Frisco, CO
2.1 mi 3.4 km #10Lower Cataract Loop Trail
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO

Photos of Eagles Nest Wilderness - 114

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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
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
A pond on South Rock Creek.
Aug 2, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Amy "runs" the ridge toward Red Peak. Red Buffalo Pass is below with Eccles Pass beyond.
Jun 29, 2019 near Silvert…, CO
Ten Mile Range from Meadow Creek Trail.
Mar 29, 2021 near Frisco, CO
Ten Mile Range seems within arms length from Gore Range /Meadow Creek trails.
Mar 29, 2021 near Frisco, CO