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Upper Cataract Lake Trail #63

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

7.3 mile 11.7 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,960' 598 m
Descent: -480' -146 m
High: 11,937' 3,638 m
Low: 10,457' 3,187 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A beautiful trail leading past pristine mountain lakes.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Upper Cataract Lake is in the Eagles Nest Wilderness area in the Gore Range mountains. It is a beautiful lake that sits on the edge of tree line and has dramatic views of Eagles Nest Peak. The climb from the trailhead is steady and steep at times as it climbs through lodgepole pines, aspen groves and spruce/fir forests.

Past the lake, this trail continues to another beautiful lake, Mirror Lake, before ascending along the northern flanks of Eagles Nest to a terminating junction on Elliot Ridge.

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Final descent to Upper Cataract Lake with Eagles Nest looming in the distance.
Aug 11, 2019 near Vail, CO
Very north end of Mirror Lake looking South
Aug 1, 2018 near Vail, CO
Upper Cataract Lake looking south.
Jul 14, 2017 near Vail, CO
Upper Cataract Lake
Jun 21, 2015 near Vail, CO
Gore Range approaching Mirror/Cataract Lake
Jun 21, 2015 near Vail, CO
Unnamed lake just below Upper Cataract Lake.
Jul 14, 2017 near Vail, CO

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