Upper Cataract Lake Trail #63


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.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to Hike and Horse Only. This trail is in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Heeney, CO; Silverthorne, CO
Restroom: Vault Toilet

General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9. Travel 16 miles north on HWY 9. Just after mile marker 118 turn left onto Heeney Rd (County Road 30). Follow Heeney Road 5.3 miles and turn left onto Cataract Creek Road (FDR 1725). Continue for 2.5 miles to the Surprise Lake Trailhead parking area on the left which is past the Cataract Creek Campground.



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  Area/Length : 
5.0 miles one-way

  Elevation : 
8,597 ft. (Surprise TH) - 10,878 ft.


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