This trail begins south of Edwards on the East Lake Creek Trail. From the East Lake Creek Trailhead follow the East Lake Creek Trail #1880 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Dead Dog. Turn right onto Dead Dog and follow it 4.4 miles to the Middle Lake Trail #2223. This will lead to Middle Lake. The trail starts in an aspen grove at an elevation of 8700 feet. As the hiker gains elevation, the vegetation turns to spruce/fir forest. The trail becomes steep in this section as it climbs onto the ridge above Middle Lake. When the trail reaches the ridge between the Middle and West Lake Creek drainages it dips slightly into the Middle Lake Creek drainage. The highest point on the trail is just over 11,000 feet.
Fishing - East Lake Creek offers fishing for native Colorado cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout.
Middle Lake - This picturesque 9 acre lake surrounded by spruce/fir and rocky snow-covered peaks offers fishing for rainbow and native cutthroat trout.
Directions: From Vail, Travel 13 miles west on I-70 to the Edwards exit. Go south toward the town of Edwards to Highway 6 and turn right. Go 0.7 miles and turn left onto Lake Creek Road at the National Forest Access sign. Travel on this road for 1.8 miles and then turn right onto West Lake Creek Road. (There is a sign at the turn for the East Lake Creek Trailhead) It is about 4 miles to the trailhead. Stay to the right at the Y after the bridge and stay on West Lake Creek Road as it winds through subdivisions. There is parking for the trailhead to the left of the road. Please park only in the parking area as it is surrounded by private land. There are no facilities at the trailhead.
Elevation: 8,700 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
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