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Nolan Lake Trail

Average Time: 2 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 9,920 Feet (3092.3 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,360 Feet (423.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,280 Feet (3516.2 Meters)
Length: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: July-September
Trail Number: 1898
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Fulford, Crooked Creek Pass, Mt Jackson


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General Description

This wooded trail begins as an old mining road up through aspen, spruce and fir forest. At 1/4 of a mile, it passes through a meadow and upper town Fulford, a series of old log cabins. The trail crosses Nolan Creek and heads east up White Quail Gulch. At the fork, continue right going downhill towards the creek. After narrowing some, the trail is level before becoming fairly steep. The spruce/fir forest is dense now and travel becomes slower with the additional rise in elevation and exposed rocks and roots in the trail. The trail takes a confusing left curve up a large sloping gray rock near a talus slope and a waterfall. Near the end, the trail heads westward going up and over a ridge. Then it descends through wet meadows of paintbrushes and marsh marigolds to Nolan Lake. The trail enters the Holy Cross Wilderness 1.7 miles up. Please practice wilderness ethics to preserve this resource.

SPECIAL INTERESTS
FISHING - The 7.2 acres of Nolan Lake offer bank fishing for brook trout.

SCENIC VIEWS - The area around Nolan Lake offers excellent photography opportunities. The sharply-pointed granite peaks of Craig Peak (11,902 ft) accent the lake beautifully. At the south end of the lake, on top of a ridge of rocks there is a nice view of the town of Fulford in the foreground, with the snowcapped Gore Range way beyond.

WILDLIFE - Look for pikas, a relative of the rabbit, in the large rock slides as you hike. These medium-sized gray animals can be seen collecting hay for their winter food supply.

Directions from Eagle: Follow the Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 10.3 miles, going past Yeoman Park and following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. The trailhead is on the right, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 10.3 miles, going past Yeoman Park and following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. The trailhead is on the right, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road10 miles south of Eagle. Turn left at the Y onto East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415. Drive 10.3 miles, going past Yeoman Park and following the road as it curves left sharply uphill. The trailhead is on the right, just past the road to Fulford. There is some parking on the left side of the road. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: July through October (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Updated: 2001-06-26 14:44:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing In Nolan Lake
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Nolan Lake Trail
Yes
ICON Hunting
No
ICON Viewing Scenery Craig Peak
Yes



Related Activities
Brush Creek General Forest Area - This area south of Eagle includes both the East and West Brush Creek drainages.

Fulford Cave Campground - This small campground is located south of Eagle up East Brush Creek at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

Nolan Lake - Nolan Lake is a 7 acre glacial tarn, at 11,240 feet, in the Holy Cross Wilderness southeast of Eagle.

Yeoman Park Campground - This scenic campground with 23 sites sits along East Brush Creek south of Eagle, at an elevation of 9,000 feet.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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