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Mountain Biking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Eagle Ranger District

Quick Facts

Deep Lake/Heart Lake Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road

Average Time: 1 Hour
Difficulty: Average
Elevation: 10,700 Feet (3335.4 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Length: 6.3 Miles (10.1 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: July-September
Road Number: 600, 643, 630
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Deep Lake

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This series of connected roads, best traveled on a mountain bike, follows the edge of Deep Lake to Heart Lake and then back to Deep Lake. The elevation is gained in the first 2.5 miles and is rather steep in parts. The loop winds it way through wildflower meadows and follows both Heart Lake's and Deep Lake's shorelines. Stay on the designated roads. Vegetation at these high elevations is easily damaged and takes many years to recover.

To Travel the Loop Road:
From the Deep Lake Day Use parking area, ride up the hill and turn right. After .9 miles, the road will fork, go left on FDR 600 towards Indian Camp. After 1.6 miles there will be another fork, turn left onto Buck Creek, FDR 643. At 1.7 miles, there will be another fork, turn left on Heart Lake Road, FDR 630. Stay on this road until you reach Heart Lake. At Heart Lake, at approximately 2.5 miles, turn left. Continue until you have traveled a total of 4.8 miles. This will bring you to FDR 600. Turn left and continue until you return to Deep Lake.

FISHING - Good fishing is available at both Deep Lake and Heart Lake for rainbow, brook, and lake trout.

SCENIC VIEWS - There are scenic views continuously along this loop. They include spectacular views of Heart Lake, Deep Lake, and meadows of wildflowers.

HISTORY - Ute hunting parties camped at Deep Lake in the early 1800's. President Teddy Roosevelt followed nearly a century later when his Flattops hunting party camped at the lake in 1905. Pioneer travelers on the Dotsero to Meeker wagon road rested at a hotel which was built on the lake in 1890. After the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1906, the U.S. Forest Service built a guard station on the northwest edge of Deep Lake. It has since been removed. Heart Lake was increased in size and depth by the Colorado Division of Wildlife for better fish habitat. On the south side of the lake a study was done in 1948 on grazing of land. The fenced off area from this study remains.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open to snowmobile, ski and snowshoe only Updated: 2002-01-16 10:01:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Mountain Biking Deep Lake/Heart Lake Loop roads
ICON Picnicking

Related Activities
Deep Lake Campground - Deep Lake Campground sits on the edge of Deep Lake, at an elevation of 10,580 feet. It is the largest and most popular campground on the Eagle Ranger District.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com


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