Boulder Lake

Trail Length: 7.07 miles (roundtrip)
Trailhead Elevation: 9,515’
High Point:  10,150’
Elevation Gain:  +635’ (Total Elevation Gain:  1,226’)
Difficulty:  Moderate
Trailhead Location:  Boulder Lake is located within the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. From I-70, exit 205 at Silverthorne and drive 7.7 miles north on Highway 9 to Rock Creek Road (FDR 1350). The turnoff from Highway 9 is located across the street from the Blue River Campground.

Follow the gravel road 1.2 miles and turn left on the road marked Rock Creek . Continue 1.7 miles to the Rock Creek Trailhead and parking area. Though suitable for most 2WD cars in good condition, the last 1.7 miles are rough and subject to washouts. 4WD – High Clearance Vehicles are recommended.

We headed up to Summit County over the July 4th weekend.  On Sunday we made the hike up to Boulder Lake.  From my notes, the last time we had hiked to this lake was in 1990!  I didn’t remember anything about the hike so was looking forward to exploring the area again.

A short distance up the trail, we entered the Eagles Nest Wilderness.


After only 0.4 miles up the Rock Creek Trail, we came to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail.  We took a right on the Gore Range Trail.


We continued on a rolling climb through a lodgepole forest with not a lot of great views.  We came to a marshy pond and hoped to spot some wildlife but didn’t.


Wildflowers along the trail as we continued our climb to the ridge.






From the ridge, the trail led us down to the Gore Range Trail – Boulder Creek Trail junction.  After another 0.5 miles or so, we arrived at Boulder Lake.





A close-up of the rugged Gore Range peaks which provide the backdrop for Boulder Lake.





After a lunch break at the lake, it was time to head back down the trail.  A shot of Boulder Creek along the way.


Lisa heading down the trail.


A view of our route.

Boulder Lake Map

Time to head back to our condo to relax after a rewarding hike in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.


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