WHITNEY LAKE TRAIL #2002
Length: 2.5 miles (one way)
Trail Use: High
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Beginning Elevation: 9,119 ft.
Ending Elevation: 10,955 ft.
Elevation Gain: +1,836 ft.
USGS Map(s): Mt. of the Holy Cross
Access from Vail
Travel west from Vail on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn. Exit here and head south on
Trail Highlights : The trail ascends steeply through aspen and conifer groves. At various points along the trail views of the
Sawatch Range can be viewed. Whitney peak rises up from the north lake shore to an elevation of 13,271 ft. Whitney Peak can be climbed by following the west ridge up to the summit.