Eaglesmere Lakes Trail
Eaglesmere Lakes Trail is in the northern Gore Range, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County. Eaglesmere Lakes Trail is north of Interstate 70, west of Highway 9, north of Silverthorne and near Heeney.
Eaglesmere Lakes Trail ascends from an elevation of about 8,700 feet to 10,400 feet, east of Elliot Ridge Trail. Eaglesmere Lakes Trail is found on a nine-mile loop that provides access to Gore Range Trail, Mirror Lake Trail, Elliot Ridge Trail, Tipperary Lake Trail, and Surprise Lake Trail. The path has a southern exposure during its gradual ascent to provide great views of the Eagles Nest Peak, elevation 13,342 feet, the rock formation that inspired the name of this wilderness area. From open outcroppings in aspen meadows, the Eaglesmere Lakes Trail also affords views of Lower Cataract Lake, Green Mountain Reservoir, and the Williams Fork Range. About three miles from the trailhead, the Eaglesmere Lakes Trail meets the Gore Range Trail. Bearing to the right leads to the two Eaglesmere Lakes after a half-mile climb with 200 feet of elevation gain. Across the lakes to the south, the Eagles Nest looms above the forest. Greatest Hikes in Central Colorado: Summit and Eagle Counties, a hiking guide by Kim Fenske, provides a description of Elliot Ridge Trail.