Deluge Lake Trail

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Deluge Lake Trail #2014

The Deluge Lake trail begins near East Vail and ends at Deluge Lake: The trail traverses a steep, sunny, south-facing hillside for about 3 miles before turning north into the Deluge Creek valley toward Deluge Lake where views to the Sawatch Range and Mount of the Holy Cross emerge.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: See Holy Cross Wilderness Regulations
Closest Towns: Vail

Directions: Travel east on I-70 to exit 180, exit here and turn right onto the south frontage road. Continue on this road about 2 miles to a small parking area on the left just before the Gore Creek Campground.

Lake and Pond Fishing
Deluge Creek and Deluge Lake

Special Designations The Colorado Division of Wildlife sets fishing regulations. Obtain their Colorado Fishing Regulations handbook for regulations.
Fish Species trout
Water Temperature cold

Length: 3.8 miles (one way)
Trail Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Open To: Hiking
Beginning Elevation: 8,710 ft.
Ending Elevation: 11,746 ft.
Elevation Gain: +3102 ft.-66 ft. = +3036 ft.
USGS Map(s): Vail East

Access from Vail: Travel east on I-70 to exit 180, exit here and turn right onto the south frontage road. Continue on this road about 2 miles to a small parking area on the left just before the Gore Creek Campground.

Trail Highlights: There are 2 trailheads starting at this location. After 0.1 miles, the Deluge Lake Trail turns left and the Gore Creek Trail continues straight. Take this left onto the narrow trail which heads north before curving and heading northeast the rest of the way. The trail will pass through several boulder fields, and then cling to a very steep slope as it climbs through aspen woods. Don’t step off the trail’s downhill side to let other hikers pass. The trail climbs steeply for the first 3 miles, gaining about 2,500 feet. At mile 3.2, the trail drops to Deluge Creek where you need to find the tricky spot to cross the creek. The trail is gentler now, and if it becomes confusing, you can follow the creek to the lake where view to the Sawatch Range and Mount of the Holy Cross emerge.

Important Information: Deluge Lake is in the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Wilderness is for your use and enjoyment, but you have an obligation to leave it unimpaired for future generations. Please understand your responsibilities when visiting these special places. Leave them as you wish to find them:

  • Camping – camp at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and trails
  • Dogs – must be leashed out of consideration for both other people and wildlife
  • Fire – campstoves are recommended and fires are prohibited at and above timberline
  • Group size – limit group sizes to 15 people
  • Sanitation – bury human waste 100 feet from water and 6 inches in the soil PACK IT IN – PACK IT OUT!! LEAVE NO TRACE!!

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4.55 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 393823N
  • Compass Longitude: 1061512W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.6397081
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.2533597
  • Elevation in Meters: 2655 to 3580
  • Elevation in Feet: 8710 to 11746

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    4.55 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    393823N
  • Compass Longitude
    1061512W
  • Numeric Latitude
    39.6397081
  • Numeric Longitude
    -106.2533597
  • Elevation in Feet
    8710 to 11746
  • Elevation in Meters
    2655 to 3580
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