East Lake Creek #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.

* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.

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 numberof permits issued.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: See Holy Cross Wilderness Regulations
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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

River and Stream Fishing

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

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
12.5 miles

  Latitude : 
39.58593

  Longitude : 
-106.596093

  Elevation : 
8960 - 11198