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Date Saturday  8/3/2019
End Date
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Surprise Lake, Upper Cataract Lake and Cat Lake in the Eagles Nest Wilderness
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Denise Snow
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 11.6
Elevation Gain 2850
Driving Distance


Surprise Lake Trailhead

For more info Contact

Denise Snow; 719-687-9576,


The vegetation along this hike is very lush and aspen are abundant. The route involves part of the Gore Range Trail , which runs north to south from Green Mountain Reservoir to Wheeler Junction near Copper Mountain. We will pass by the small, lovely Surprise Lake on our way to Upper Cataract Lake which is dominated by the rugged slopes of Eagles Nest Mountain. Upper Cataract Lake drains by a waterfall into Cat Lake. The word "cataract" means a large waterfall. We will have lunch beside the lake and then return to the trailhead.The leader plans to spend the night around Silverthorne if anyone is interested in getting together. Note that the leader has not been to these lakes before, so expect a little adventure!