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:

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


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.




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