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Nolan Lake

Elevation: 11,240 Feet (3503.7 Meters)
Size: 7.2 Acres


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General Description

AREA DESCRIPTION
Nolan Lake at 11, 240 feet elevation is surrounded by the beautiful sharply-pointed granite peaks of Craig Peak (11,902 feet) to the south and west. This small 7.2 acre glacial tarn within the Holy Cross Wilderness has sparse stands of spruce and fir with wet meadows full of wildflowers to its east side. The ridge of smooth granite rocks to the south offer an incredible view of Fulford and the snowcapped Gore Range beyond. Camping is permitted near the lake, but be sure to camp at least 100 feet away form the water's edge.

FISHING OPPORTUNITIES
Nolan Lake receives light bank fishing pressure for the existing brook trout population. Water level fluctuation is slight. The maximum depth is 12 feet with a shoal area of 85%. Brook trout reproduction is occurring, therefore this lake is not stocked.

Directions from Eagle: To reach the trailhead for Nolan Lake, follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 6 miles, going past Yeoman Park then following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. Wind up the hill for approximately 4 more miles until reaching the trailhead.Nolan Lake is accessed by foot travel only up the Nolan Lake Trail (#1898). This 3 mile trail ascends 1360 feet up into the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The trailhead is on the right side, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. No facilities exist at the trailhead.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left on East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 6 miles, going past Yeoman Park then following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. Wind up the hill for approximately 4 more miles until reaching the trailhead.Nolan Lake is accessed by foot travel only up the Nolan Lake Trail (#1898). This 3 mile trail ascends 1360 feet up into the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The trailhead is on the right side, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. No facilities exist at the trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left on East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 6 miles, going past Yeoman Park then following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. Wind up the hill for approximately 4 more miles until reaching the trailhead.Nolan Lake is accessed by foot travel only up the Nolan Lake Trail (#1898). This 3 mile trail ascends 1360 feet up into the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The trailhead is on the right side, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. No facilities exist at the trailhead.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Iced over Updated: 2002-01-16 09:56:00.0


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Filed By: Lissa Linde (Glidden, Iowa)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: (summer of 2001)The toughest part of teh hike was getting there. Some parts were straight up hill and you had to climb with your hands at certains times. The trail is a little faded in some areas, but we found our way.(no maps or compasses were used)We ate lunch on the big rock that over looks Fulford, Colorado, which is where our cabin is. It's a very beautiful place to be at.
Conditions: There was some snow on the way up to Nolan Lake. many fallen trees, no bugs very steep, rocky, wet parts. There was lots of sunshine.
Water Availability: We each brought our own back packs with our lunches and a bottle of water.
Recommended Clothing: I wore a t-shirt and jeans and my tennies. Im used to hiking so im not too worried what i am wearing. Didn't use sunscreen or anything either.
Suggested Accessories: I just used my own two hands and feet to climb over the rocks. Once in a while I would pick up a stick and walk with it. I think its fun to have a hiking stick.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Brook Trout in Nolan Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Hunting
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Nolan Lake
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Nolan Lake and Nolan Lake Trail #1898
Yes



Related Activities
Fulford Cave Campground - This small campground is located south of Eagle up East Brush Creek at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

Nolan Lake Trail - This trail south of Eagle, near Fulford, leads through the Holy Cross Wilderness to Nolan Lake.

Yeoman Park Campground - This scenic campground with 23 sites sits along East Brush Creek south of Eagle, at an elevation of 9,000 feet.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., P.O. Box 720 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-6388, Fax: 970-328-6448

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