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Dead Dog– FDT 2220

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Difficulty:                   Moderate

Trail Use:                  Low

Length:                     4.26 miles

Elevation:                 Starts at 8736 ft, ends at 11,125 ft, highest point 11,426 ft

Elevation Gain:        +2389 feet

Open To:                  Hiking, horseback riding

 

Access :   Travel 16.5 miles east from Eagle on I-70 to the Edwards exit and head south towards the town and Hwy. 6.   At Hwy. 6 turn right, heading west, for 0.7 miles to Lake Creek Rd., turning left, south, at the National Forest Access sign. 

Travel on this road for 1.8 miles and then turn right onto West Lake Creek Rd., look for the sign at the turn for the East Lake Creek trailhead.   Follow this road for approximately 4 miles to the trailhead, staying to the right at the “Y” after the bridge.   Follow East Lake Creek- FDT 1880 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Dead Dog.

 
Trail Highlights :   The trails begin in an aspen grove and as you gain elevation turns to spruce/ fir forest.   As you approach the ridge before Middle Lake, the trail becomes steep. When you reach the ridge between the Middle and West Lake Creek drainages it dips slightly into the Middle Lake Creek drainage.   East Lake Creek offers fishing for Colorado cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout.   The trail ends at the junction with Middle Lake- FDT 2223. This trail will lead you to the picturesque 9 acre lake surrounded by rocky, snow-covered peaks.   Middle Lake offers fishing for Colorado cutthroat as well as rainbow trout.

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