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Eagle Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet (218.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,100 Feet (3148.4 Meters)
Length: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) 4.8 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir
Trail Number: 1915
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Crooked Creek Pass, Mt. Jackson

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General Description

There is no maintained trail to Strawberry Lakes but they can be accessed from the Eagle Lake trail
Copyright: Tom Kuekes - US Forest Service
There is no maintained trail to Strawberry Lakes but they can be accessed from the Eagle Lake trail
Please respect the private property signs of Woods Lake. Also take notice of the Hydroelectric plant. This was one of the first in the nation and provides power for Woods Lake Resort. The Eagle Lake Trail travels through aspen stands which will take you along the edge of Woods Lake Resort (private). Upon leaving the aspen grove follow the road to Lime Creek. At this time you have two options on crossing the creek: one is to wade, the other is to take the primitive bridge just left of the hydroelectric plant to get across (this will take you into a small opening, then up a short, steep climb). The trail then is a gradual climb up to Eagle Lake. Make sure you take advantage of the many turnouts to view the stream and the many waterfalls. Horses are not recommended due to the solid rock trail and no place to Hi-Line at the lake.

Directions from Hwy. 82: Travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road approximately 22 miles to road #400 on the left side of the road just past second bridge after Ruedi Reservoir. After a steep climb the road goes through Lime Park. At the upper end of the park take road #506 to the right for about one mile. When the road forks again, take road #507 to the left for approximately miles to the trailhead bulletin board. At this point the road is closed because of private property.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-Fall (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Dorothy Howard (Basalt, CO)
Time of Day: 3:30 pm
Length of Time: 4 hours with a relaxing lunch break
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The toughest part of the hike was getting there. The #126 map we had made no mention of 507 road and we were looking for 506 which is what is on the map. Turn off of 400 road onto 507 road and follow the signs. Very short distance from the turnoff.
Conditions: It was mostly dusty. The wildflowers were spectacular! I was disappointed with the trash and other human waste left behind at the campsites near the lake.
Water Availability: 70 oz. Camelbak was enough for me and the dog. Lots of streams for him to drink and cool down in.
Recommended Clothing: Shorts, tank, sturdy hiking shoes.
Suggested Accessories: A hiking stick would be helpful on the steeper terrain near the lake. Lots of people fishing and there seemed to be lots of fish jumping in the lake.

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ICON Hiking & Walking Eagle Lake Trail

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Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012


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