“Steep running and fun scrambling up neighboring Chicago Basin 14ers.”
— Tyler Prince
While dogs will be fine on the vast majority of this trail, the scrambling on Eolus and North Eolus are technical enough that you might have to carry Fido.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
While this run doesn't have that many roots or rocks, its approach is also one of the steepest class 1-2 routes in the state. It's runnable, but just know that "running" isn't going to be any faster than speedy hiking. Once to the scrambling, running simply isn't possible.
This trail serves as part of the featured run Eolus Group
. The trail itself is extremely clear up until a ramp at 13,400 ft, after which it consists of a short scramble to a notch between Mt. Eolus (left, harder) and North Eolus (right, easier). While there is some trail after the scramble up North Eolus, it's vague. In short: there's no proper trail beyond this ramp.
For details, see Eolus Group
Flora & Fauna
This approach boasts incredible wildflowers. From the lower basin up to the Twin Lakes is easily one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado, and you'll pass many marmots, pika, and mountain goats who seem to agree. Once at the lakes, there's plenty of grass. Mountain goats seem to have a thing for Mt. Eolus, so expect to see tons of them as the scrambling starts.