Lake Eileen Trail HikingTrail Running

Trail Length
4.2 miles
Distance from Durango
29 miles
1150 ft
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Lake Eileen Trail

Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

29 Miles


1150 Feet



Trail Length

4.2 Miles

Part of the Vallecito, Colorado area.

Lake Eileen Trail: Moderate to Difficult. The four-mile round trip hike gains 1,140 feet in elevation and takes approximately four hours. To access the trail, take CR 501 north of the lake and look for the Forest Service Work Center; a trailhead sign is visible from the road. Park on the east side of the road, the trailhead is on the west (opposite) side. The trail passes through aspen forests to the small, shallow lake covered by water lilies and surrounded by aspen trees. A short climb to the ridge gives you great views of the lake and forests.

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.45505, -107.570153

Where's the Trailhead?


Parking Near Vallecito Lake Trailhead

From 9th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, head north on Main Avenue (Highway 550). Turn right on 32nd Street (CR 251) and continue. Take another right onto CR 250, and then a left at the light onto Florida Road (CR 240). Continue on CR 240 for 11.8 miles, then turn right to stay on CR 240 for 2.8 more miles. Turn left onto CR 501, and continue for 9.7 miles. Turn left onto CR 500 then turn left where the Vallecito Creek Trailhead will be on your right.


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*TENTATIVE* Trail Construction: June 6th

Due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, our trailwork kickoff has currently been postponed. While we hope we will be able to meet for our First Saturdays Trailwork in June, we are closely monitoring developments, and dates and times may change as a result. Please continue to check in here and on our social media for updated trailwork days!