East Lake Creek TH #1880

The East Lake Creek trail begins at West Lake Creek Road and ends at Upper Camp Lake. This popular trail begins as a well-defined, moderately uphill dirt path through lodge pole pine and aspen with the first 2 miles traveling through damp lush aspen forest with abundant wildflowers down to East Lake Creek. This first 2 miles makes a popular short hike to the wooden bridge over East Lake Creek. After crossing the bridge, the trail is a continuous moderate climb up the east side of East Lake Creek becoming rocky and wet in areas, and can be difficult to follow in spots.


At a Glance

Permit Info: Each party staying overnight in the Holy Cross Wilderness is required to self-register at the trailhead and to carry a copy of the registration with them during their visit. There is no fee charged and no limit to the number of permits issued.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Holy Cross Wilderness regulations apply to areas within the Wilderness boundary.
Closest Towns: Edwards
Restroom: Yes

General Information

Directions: Travel 16.5 miles east from Eagle on I-70 to the Edwards exit and head south towards the town and Hwy. 6.At Hwy. 6 turn right, heading west, for 0.7 miles to Lake Creek Rd., turning left, south, at the National Forest Access sign. Travel on this road for 1.8 miles and turn right onto West Lake Creek Rd., look for the sign at the turn for the East Lake Creek trailhead. Follow this road for approximately 4 miles to the trailhead, staying to the right at the “Y” after the bridge, parking only in the designated area because of the surrounding private land.

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River and Stream Fishing

Special Designations The Colorado Division of Wildlife sets fishing regulations. Obtain their Colorado Fishing Regulations handbook for regulations.

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  Area/Length : 
12.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
8960 - 11198