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Quick Facts

Lake Eileen Trail

Average Time: Half Day
Beginning Elevation: 7,720 Feet (2406.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,140 Feet (355.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,860 Feet (2761.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Mid-Spring to Mid-Fall
Trail Number: 668
Usage: Moderate Heavy hiker, low horse rider
USGS Maps: Vallecito Reservoir

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Lake Eileen
Copyright: F.A. Kingwell
Lake Eileen
The trail (marked # 668 on the San Juan National Forest Recreation Map) lies within the Weminuche Wilderness. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are not allowed. Portions are steep with many switchbacks. The trail passes through aspen forests to the small, shallow lake covered by water lilies in a small depression surrounded by aspen trees. The lake is not stocked with fish. Horses seldom use this trail.

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 18 miles north on County Road #501 beyond Vallecito Reservoir. After passing the west side of the reservoir, watch for the Forest Service Work Center about a mile north. Parking is available on the right at the trail sign just beyond. If no parking is available, continue around the corner for about 500 feet to a small pull-off on your right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-Spring through Mid-Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Eileen Trail

Related Activities
Vallecito Campground - The Vallecito Campground is one of the largest and most popular on the Forest. The campground is adjacent to Vallecito Creek and the Weminuche Wilderness.

Vallecito Reservoir - The lake is a very popular fishing spot with anglers going after German brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and northern pike.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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