WHITNEY LAKE TRAIL #2002
2.5 miles (one way)
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Ending Elevation: 10,955 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
US 24 for about 13 miles to
Homestake Road, FSR 703. Proceed southwest about 5 miles on this improved dirt road to the small parking area on the left across the road from the trailhead.
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.