It’s a strenuous two-mile hike up to beautiful Lake Eileen in the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail climbs about 1,000 feet through aspen groves and mixed-conifer forests. Look for Hammond’s and Olive-sided Flycatchers, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Dusky Grouse. You are likely to encounter pine squirrels, golden-mantled ground-squirrels, chipmunks and other mammals including snowshoe hare are possible.
County: La Plata
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From downtown Durango drive north on US 550 to 15th Street and turn right. Then after a short distance turn left onto Florida Road which becomes CR 240. After about 13 miles continue on CR 240 by turning right at the Lemon Reservoir intersection. After about four miles at the bottom of the hill turn left (north) on CR 501. After about nine miles, past Vallecito Reservoir, look for the forest service ??
Delorme: 87 A5
Roads of Colorado: 131 E3-E4
Dates of Access: Summer only
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Paved parking area
Lodging: Vallecito Campground
Handicapped Access: Vallecito Campground is accessible, but trail is not.