Gore Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: Gore Lake
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Nearby Town: Vail
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: Go East of Vail on I-70 and take Exit 180 (Bighorn Rd). Follow Bighorn SE to Gore Creek and trialhead:

39°37'37.21"N
106°16'26.48"W
Total Hike Distance: 12.91 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Gore Creek Trailhead
Trails Used: Gore Creek/Red Buffalo Pass & Gore Lake
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Lakes, Snow
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: USDA Forest Service
White River National Forest (Dillon District)
900 Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 948
Glenwood Springs CO 81602
970-945-2521

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/rangerdistricts/dillon/index.shtml

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Follow the White River NF link above for a decent topo map in pdf format. (use North map)
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: When planning the trip to Vail (hike began on 06/24/07), the idea was to do the Gore/Snow/Deluge Lake loop described on this awesome website (http://www.gorerange.info/ ), but in a one night trip. As you will see, I was not able to do this loop as a result of Snow Pass covered in snow (Snow lake was partially frozen) and I didn't have crampons, axe, or another person.

I would recommend this hike to anyone out there - from the trailhead (8,700 ft) to Gore Lake (11,400), there is an elevation gail of 2,700 feet in only 5.25 miles. I climbed to the north ridge between Gore and Snow Lakes to a max altitude of 12,500 feet. That is 3,800 gain /lost in just under 24 hours - but the views were incredible!

Will write 2 trip logs later.

Map:

Hiker:

Tartan1749


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