I was never fond of animals before but when I saw them climbing and jumping cliffs I was really amazed. Those camped at Deluge Lake have the option of scoring the toughest peaks on the route (but by Gore Range standards, average work). Get Here. I gave it a 4 because on the way back there were so many people which ruined the experience a bot. After 6.9km of hiking, you will encounter the second fork on the trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Nestled in the Eagles Nest Wilderness near Vail lies a trail of infinite wildflowers, sweet smelling pine forests, dense aspen groves, and the sparkling surface of a crystal clear alpine lake. Did a loop around the lake and noticed a goat with 2 babies so be careful. We've decided to take this hike only because the trailhead was next to our campsite and other hikers kept on bragging doing this hike so we've decided to give it a shot. After the crash, the two settled in a cabin near the gravesite hunting and trapping to survive. The night was perfectly clear and great for star gazing, saw some shooting stars. What this trip may lack in overall miles, it more than makes up for in elevation gain, scrambling, boulder hopping, and overall hard miles on the trail. Located in Fort Valley, the Peters Mill Run Trail is about 12 miles long and moderately challenging. Gore Lake is compelling for its abundant cutthroat trout, idyllic setting and isolated location deep in the Gore Range: I clocked 14.5 miles on both Fitbit watch and AllTrails recorder. You could do it as a backpack if the whole deal is too much. Copyright © 2020 10Adventures Inc. All rights reserved. water was super clear and turquoise. colors were still pretty yellow/orange/red. Once you get to the graves you follow the signs and take a hard left towards Gore Lake. This is a very long and steep trail. It begins about 4 miles up the Gore Creek Trail #2015 and ends at Gore Lake. Wildlife is common in this area, with Elk prints, numerous birds including Clarks’ Nutcracker, Mountain Lion and Cyote signs all being common. The trail starts off like most do in the Gores, rather boring and uneventful. Follow the signs right for Gore Lake/Creek Trail. The gorgeous trail starts off steep, but it quickly (after roughly 1.6km) levels out. There are some steep sections, but it’s all worth it. Big Levels to the Blue Ridge Trail. Beautiful lake and worth the walk around it! Diane and I went for a short hike around the lake closer to sunset and then I climbed up to a high point neary to check out the view over Gore Creek towards Red Buffalo Pass. You’ll gradually venture deeper into the valley. The trail passes over the creek, on a log bridge, at 3.1km. And boy it was amazing. We backpacked 9/26-9/27, just like the reviewer below. Lol the mountain goats looks adorable. The gravesite of the Recen brothers, Swedish mining immigrants, is located adjacent to the trail at the 4 mile mark before climbing to the lake. 10/10. It's a magical hike in the beginning with the Aspen trees turning color. If you are visiting to hike the 2.3-mile long Reservoir Trail, please park at Brambleton Community Park West (22389 Belmont Ridge Rd.) Lots of mountain goats added to the experience. The trail winds through open meadows and dense aspen groves that soon change to … Backpacked 9/26-9/27. Mill Creek Road and Main Vail- Vail Village Loop. Highly recommend! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. The first part is quite steep, but pleasantly weaves through fir and aspen forests along streams. The views at Gore Lake are impeccable so it’s worth the hike up! 11: N39 37.500 W106 12.294 — 4.2 miles : Gore Lake Trail junction - turn left : 12: N39 37.820 W106 12.359 — 4.75 miles : Steep climb levels at base of alpine valley : 13: N39 38.068 W106 12.174 — 5.1 miles : Level travel through alpine meadows : 14: N39 38.272 W106 12.079 — 5.4 miles : Climb out of meadow up steep ridge to west Arriving at Gore Lake. You meander around Gore Creek for the majority of the trail, until you reach the junction about four miles in with two prominently marked graves. If you have the time and energy it’s a great hike! Gore Lake makes you work for the views but it's a good deal. Gore Lake is a 12.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is still full of Yellow Aspens despite their peak season being the last couple weeks. The hike to Gore Lake follows Gore Creek 4.2 miles east before breaking north up a steep gulch that levels in a string of alpine meadows below the lake. Maybe six other groups there in total. The first day had us hike from east Vail up to Gore Lake, about 7 miles and 3000 feet from the trailhead (wonderful fun in the heat of the afternoon). See the description for the Gore Creek Trail #2015 for a description and directions to the beginning of that trail. Shade, some mellow spots, some character building pushes all with an amazing pay off. There are quite a few places you can pitch a tent by the lake, we went further off the trail to get away from the water and find wind protection. Gradually, the trail ascends the valley, past two waterfalls, to the stunning lake that sits below East and West Partner (two 3960m peaks). Backpacked here. Start at the Gore Creek Trail trailhead and follow the creek east. The last mile comparatively is easy and everything in between is gentle incline. Gore, VA 22637 (Apr 2001 - Sep 2002) 10 Oak Dr Capon Bridge, WV 26711 (Jun 2001) Hc 61 #130 Capon Bridge, WV 26711 ... 2496 Mirror Lake Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23453 (Aug 2004) 1009 Smoke Tree Ln Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (Aug 2003) ... 791 Wagon Trail Rd Ridgeway, VA 24148 (Dec 1969 - Jun 2019) Wagon Trail Rd Ridgeway, VA 24148 (Jun 2019) PO Box 373 Air quality was absolute trash due to the fires in the afternoon. and access the trailhead as shown here. Good strenuous hike. From Vail, Take the I-70 E to exit 180 for East Vail. Worth every step. The hike to Gore Lake via Gore Creek Trail starts in East Vail and heads parallel to Gore Creek, instead of straight up like many other hikes in the area. Elevation gain: 5,100 feet. The new Schaefer Trail, built by Ranger Steve Ovitt, starts at the parking lot for the Town of North Creek’s swimming area. Mountain goats are prevalent at Gore Lake. The climb is worth it as views of the peaks around the lake open all around. Challenging hike with lots of beautiful scenery! Take Bighorn Road east (right off the ramp) just over 3.5km to the trailhead, which is located on the left side, just before Gore Creek campground. The lake was absolutely beautiful, less than 5 people there when we were. No spam. Deluge Lake Loop. Partway up the Gore Creek Valley is a two-mile spur trail that ends at the beautiful Gore Lake. Please keep your distance, keep your pets leashed, and do not approach or feed them. A bit windy and chilly during the night up at the lake, but overall a wonderful trip! Arrived at 7:30 and ended at 1, saw not one person on the way up and then probably 50 on the way down. Just a gorgeous place in general. Every trip I have had the pleasure of taking into the Gore Range has left me sore, battered and bruised. The … September 2020 COVID-escape adventure into the Gore Range near Gore Lake. In fact, it’d be quite a challenge to find a rural road without an incredible scenic overlook. Once you hit the turnoff it’s brutal. Got a spot right next to the trail head. Kids are still salty though, Berrypicker Trail hikes up Vail Mountain to Eagle’s Nest from Lionshead Village. A lot of work with a backpack but worth it. You will start out on a rocky and steep first mile before the trail starts to level out. There are a bundle of aspens that are ready to change in the next day or two! Got to the lake around 9 and it was so peaceful. Highly recommend. Hiking the Gore Lake Trail: A Trip Report. Rivers and meadows and mountains surround you on the way up with the true prize being Gore Lake. Look for the 18″-22″ cutthroat trout cruising the shallows of the lake. We got to the parking lot at 9:30 on a Monday and there were plenty of spots. Though the trail to the lake is very challenging, the trail for the first 6.9km - as it follows Gore Creek - is family friendly and offers multiple opportunities for fishing and picnicking. It's scenic enough to distract you from the huffing and puffing! Some parts were steep and it was a really hard hike but it ended up being the highlight of our trip to Vail. The hike is approximately 7 miles and 3,000-vertical feet, one-way, and is completed as both a day hike and overnight backpacking experience. Previous reviews are incorrect in where they identify steepness. Gore Lake Trail starts to the right of the trail information board. Steep, long trail but very easy to follow the whole way. great hike! We did not spot any mountain goats up top, but plenty of pika and marmot. 3.0km in, a fallen tree blocks the well-established trail. After half a mile, the trail levels out quite a bit, starts passing through meadows, and can be hard to find at times. Worth it for a backpack or a day trip! definitely steep towards the last mile or two but well worth it. The path was a mix of rocks and dirt. Things level out when you get to the lake where you may be greeted by mountain goats. Amazing climb. Become a Contributor at 10Adventures and share your adventures! the hike down is great but hard on the knees! started at 11 am 9/28 and got back to the car at 6:30 pm. The town is known for its rich history and fosters a small-town feel. I saw a lot of back packers so next time I’m definitely planning a camping trip! The trail winds through aspen groves, meadows, and pine stands in the beautiful Gore Creek drainage. The ski lifts of Vail Ski Resort may be just minutes away, but the 12.5-mile rugged trail hike to crystal clear Gore Lake elevates hikers 3,000-feet into a high alpine region full of scenery and seclusion deep in the Eagles Nest Wilderness of the Gore Range. This is a perfect trail! Hunters may be in this area during hunting season. When we arrived at the lake around 11:00am it was crazy windy, so we decided not to camp there. The gorgeous trail starts off steep, but it quickly (after roughly…, Today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates. They are straight up and intense! Our teenage kids were complaining almost all the time about how tired they were but my wife and I were fine so we've finished the hike. A family of mountain goats are known to inhabit the alpine tundra surrounding Gore Lake. Keep pushing and get to the lake! To do that as a day hike involves a round trip of about 14 miles and almost 3000 feet of elevation gain. 200m into the trail you will encounter the trail’s first fork. An epic dayhike or a relaxing overnight, this 12.4-mile out-and-back starts just east of Vail and ends at a spectacular alpine lake below the jagged peaks of the Gore Range. This trail is a wonderful overnight if looking to backpack. Description After hiking 4.2 miles up the Gore Creek Trail, you'll find this trail branching off to the left up a steep gulch. After 4 miles you hit the turnoff up to Gore lake. It's worth it. The incline is so steep, also makes going down difficult due to the technicality needed. The Gore's are a rough and remote section of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness. Really enjoyable trail. Also starting at this same trailhead is the trail to Deluge Lake - … The next 1.8 miles are steep. Chilly temperatures and light rain every now and again but worth it if you’re prepared! Would be nice if those with dogs that don't stay with their owner leashed them, but no such luck. The gravesite is the resting place of Andrew and Dan Recen. Then … Incline was pretty gradual -- steep in parts, but the steep parts were short in length. First portion is a nice push to start the hike. The trail winds through aspen groves, meadows, and pine stands in the beautiful Gore Creek drainage. only saw about 10 people the whole hike. There are some short steep sections along the way, but none of the hills are too long. The trail climbs gently for 2.5 miles before turning left and descending down a short, but rocky section of trail. About Sleeter Lake. If you camped at Gore Lake, the hike out will be a pleasant 5 mile trek to the Deluge lake Trailhead along the Gore Creek Trailhead. There…, Pitkin Lake Trail makes for an adventure-filled day hike. The first 0.5 miles and the SECOND TO LAST mile (where you turn left to the lake) are the steepest and hardest of the whole hike. I am going to second what another reviewer said — this trail is a lot more challenging than most of the reviews let on. Gore Lake Trail #2015.1A The Gore Lake trail is 2.0 miles long. After about a mile you get to a more moderate incline all the way to "the graves" which is around 4 miles total. It is worth the effort. Spring (if only hiking the valley)/Summer/Fall. Approach from the Gore Creek Trailhead east of Vail on Bighorn Road near Gore Creek Campground. James Dziezynski. Look into mountain goat etiquette for more information. The hike on the unmaintained trail to Upper Boulder Lake is 12 miles round-trip with 2,000 feet of climbing. The last 1.7 miles is T O U G H. Dare I say grueling. mellow trail until the gravesight then up hill from there. Flattens a bit and then a final push to lake. After about four miles, turn left at the trail split onto the Gore Lake Trail. There’s still some orange and bright yellow aspens along the trail. The lake itself is gorgeous, probably one of my favorites I’ve hiked to so far. The trail steeply climbs for 0.8km, passing a sign welcoming you to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area. The hike has a moderate grade up until the graves, when it gets steep. Those camped at Deluge Lake have the option of scoring the toughest peaks on the route (but by Gore … Then, the path winds through meadows, aspen groves, and pine stands for the next 3.8km. This is a great opportunity for a snack/water break as the next 1.6km of trail are very demanding. Diane hikes ahead of me after climbing the steepest part of the Gore Lake Trail. Eat your Wheaties and take some snacks and your camera. We decided to head up backpacking into the Gore Range last weekend in a route known as the Deluge Lake Loop. Trail users may still access the park and should adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. You get to see some spectacular sightings along the way. This section is why this trail has a hard rating. Trail conditions are good but the temperature overnight is getting pretty chilly. Leaves are changing and happy I went. Whatever you do, do not give up! Continue on the trail. Gore Lake is a 12.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Not my fav but, definitely recommend. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until August. As the trail flattens, the alpine Gore Range will be visible and Willow Peak – at 4072m – greets you as you hike the final 1.5km to the lake. Glad we got up there before the next week or two! Definitely a workout and challenging. Not too far from Denver, the Gore Lake Trail measures at about 12 miles and 3,000 foot elevation gain round trip. These are a handful of creek crossings along the trail. Arrived at 7am with no one around. An alpine lake that is secluded and seemingly untouched. Cataract Lake - Upper (difficult) is a 6.1 mile (one-way) trail that climbs through aspen groves into fir and spruce forest, and intersects with the Gore Range Trail (#60) after about 3 miles. Like. Things level out when you get to the lake where you may be greeted by mountain goats. The next 1.6km of trail steeply ascends the valley side through spruce and fir forest. Gore Lake lies within the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The lower portion of the trail is an easy ascent through the woods towards Roaring Brook, which divides Gore from the mountain that you are on. We camped at the creek by the graves. Gore Range Trail is a 45.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. If you camped at Gore Lake, the hike out will be a pleasant 5 mile trek to the Deluge lake Trailhead along the Gore Creek Trailhead. Great hike. The large lake at the top is bright blue, maybe the bluest I’ve seen within 2 hours of Denver. Physical Difficulty Pitkin Lake Trail makes for an adventure-filled day hike. The community park trailhead has plenty of parking available. Absolutely gorgeous hike. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail to Gore Lake passes the gravesite before steeply ascending the mountain on the left. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Demanding hike, especially after the graves. Spent one night by the lake and highly recommend. Arrived around 8 am on a Saturday to be pleasantly surprised with the few number of people there. As you get into the valley you’ll pass aspen groves and encounter the creek for the first time. Expect the local wildlife to dart through grasses, shrubbery and aspen groves while you are walking parallel to Gore Creek. The Gore Creek Trail climbs alongside Gore Creek for 4 miles through healthy, extremely pleasant forest. The views along the trail were diverse, lots of fall colors changing. Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is amazing and so worth it! Once you hit the turn marker it gets really steep. They lived luxuriously until the 1893 silver crash. Wilderness rules apply: dogs on leash (at all times); pack-in and pack-out; no campfires (none); campsite at least 100 … You might say that Virginia is the scenic overlook capital of the country. Gore Lake Trail is a full-day hike to the beautiful, alpine lake. You just can't beat falling asleep next to a pristine lake and under the rocky spires. The lake itself was very peaceful and beautiful! The last two miles are rough and down played in other reviews! 9/20/20-9/21/20 Beautiful trail for an overnight backpacking trip. One of my favorite hikes, to date! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Longs Peak. You will need to get an off-road permit ahead of time to drive it. Gore Lake lies within the Eagles Nest Wilderness. You end up at 11,800' surrounded by beautiful vistas. The last mile up to the lake isn't easy, but as others have said the lake and alpine scenery are worth it. Trail on Gore Lake and Gore Creek in White River National Forest, Eagles Nest Wilderness. The lake itself is absolutely gorgeous. Approach from the Gore Creek Trailhead east of Vail on Bighorn Road near Gore Creek Campground. There are some steep sections, but it’s all worth it. swam in the lake at the top - friggen cold!! You are in and out of the trees that first 4 miles with good views. Gore Lake Trail is a full-day hike to the beautiful, alpine lake. amazing experience. The trees are still stunning right now. The dirt path of Gore Lake begins fairly steeply and takes the hiker into pines, aspens, and meadows brimming with wildflowers. This is such a beautiful trail & just the perfect amount of challenging for a backpacking trip. The hike up until the turn to Gore lake is pretty moderate. trail gets a little rocky in sections so watch your step. AllTrails said 12.5, I clocked 16 on my phone. Id say the area was in peak foliage as we hiked up, on our way down the trail was covered in leafs and the trees were less vibrant. Beginning at the Gore Creek Trailhead, the trail loosely follows the creek east up the valley through grasses and shrubs, then aspen, which transition into pine as the … If you’re in the area, go now! Definitely climb up above the lake. Enjoy the gorgeous Gore Lake, and maybe even the company of a family of mountain goats, before following same trail back through Gore Creek Drainage to reach the parking lot. The trail steeply winds through meadows of wildflowers…, Bighorn Creek Trail is a diverse hike that takes you through a variety of trees, and meadows of wildflowers. Saturday, starting at 1:30 going up passed about 20 - 30 people. Taking a break with friends along the trail. Gore Creek Campground is located across the creek from the trailhead. Sunday was quieter and leaving the lake at 1:00 only passed about 10 people on the way down. This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Steep in the first mile and steep for the last mile. Be aware that this trail is neither marked nor maintained for winter use, and it crosses several avalanche paths. The hike is approximately 7 miles and 3,000-vertical feet, one-way, and is completed as both a day hike and overnight backpacking experience. Wilderness regulations exist and are posted at the trailhead. Charming, Picturesque Communities: The town was founded in 1900, and it features up-and-coming communities surrounding Sleeter Lake. 4. The Gore Lake Trail is a 12-mile round-trip route in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, which leads through rolling meadows, aspen groves, dense pine forests, fields of alpine wildflowers, up to a sparkling alpine lake. Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email. Surrounded by foothills, the destination seems far off. The Swedish immigrants moved to Vail during the Colorado silver boom in 1876. Campfires are prohibited at Gore Lake because of a lack of dead/downed timber, and to protect the sensitive alpine vegetation. These 10 Scenic Overlooks In Virginia Will Leave You Breathless. Saw more people coming down from backpacking Saturday. Roundtrip: 14.5 miles. Finally, the trail has one last steep section in store as it climbs the last 300 feet or so to Gore Lake over the last.5 mile. 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