Upper Willow Lakes/Salmon Lake Trail #36


Willow and Salmon Lakes are nestled in gorgeous alpine scenery in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. These lakes are surrounded by beautiful alpine meadows and have the rugged Gore Range as a backdrop. Many people enjoy the abundant wildflowers in this area during the peak season.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Hike/Horse Only. Trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Silverthorne, CO

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne / Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 7.3 miles. On your left will be Rock Creek Road (FDR 1350) across from the Blue River campground. Turn left and follow the gravel road for 1.5 miles and turn left at the road marked “Rock Creek”. Follow this dirt road for approximately 1.7 miles to North Rock Creek Trailhead parking area at the end of the road.



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  Area/Length : 
6.5 one-way to Salmon Lake, 7.7 mile one-way to Upper Willow Lake

  Elevation : 
9,496 ft. - 11,463 ft.