Boulder Lake, Eagle's Nest Wilderness
White River National Forest
Date Hiked: Sept. 29, 2013
- Distance: 5.8 mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 1,671ft
- Elevation Min/Max: 9,436 to 10,140ft
- Trailhead Lat/Long: 39.710840º N; 106.166906º W
- Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
- Fee: None
Directions: The hike to Boulder Lakes leaves from the Rock Creek Trailhead. To get to the trailhead from Silverthorn, take Hwy 9 north and make a left (west) on FS Road 1350 Across from the Blue Lakes Campground. This dirt road is is good shape, follow the road and signs to the Rock Creek Trailhead.
This trail is great for a half day fall hike to a beautiful lake with the Gore Range as a staggering backdrop. You start from the trailhead on the N. Rock Creek Trail heading west. After about 1 mile, take a right (north) on the Gore Range Trail. The trail winds through an evergreen forest with plenty of Aspen Groves to make the colors pop. The trail rolls over wooded hills and every now and then the trees open up to offer beautiful alpine views. After a little over 2 miles the trail meets up with the Boulder Creek Trail. Turn left here and it is less than one mile to the lake. Enjoy your time exploring the shore of the lake and envying the campsites situated just up from the shoreline. When ready, head back the way you came.