Gore Lake and Deluge Lake Trail Hiking in Vail

Just recently I took a hike up to Deluge lake with a few of my friends around town.  It was a really awesome hike with plenty of great views.  Early on I was a bit nervous because it took almost 45 minutes to really lose site of the highway (which when you’re hiking is not the view you expect).  However, once we rounded a mountain side and started up the valley towards the lake I knew that the hike was well worth it.  It was the kind of mountain valley you would see in a movie with green fields, white rocks, and Deluge Creek running down the middle.  Although it was a more difficult hike, it was well worth the trip in the end.  Definitely wait until July or later to do this trail as when we tried in early June we were stopped about halfway by the 4ft of remaining snow.


View Deluge Lake and Gore Creek Hiking Trails in a larger map

This is a map of the Gore Creek and Deluge Lake trails which leave from the same trailhead right in our backyard of East Vail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gore Creek


View of the Gore Range. This is looking NORTH towards Gore Lake and Deluge Lake trails.

 

Deluge Lake Hiking

Deluge Lake, located in off exit 171 in East Vail (only a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride from the Antlers, is a great hike for a amateur hiker. Its fairly steep at first giving you a good warm up, then levels out to a nice long gradual ascent to a lake nestled in a valley between several peaks. The hike is about 7 hours round trip so be sure to bring food and water. Now a minor drawback to this hike is for the first 2 miles or so you are still within sight and sound of route 70. So it takes away from the whole nature experience early on. Still, I was blown away when we got behind the mountain, out of sight of the road, and into the Rockies. Gore Creek valley is an awesome sight to behold with many jagged cliffs overlooking the creek below. Then as we got further up the trail we discovered a valley straight out of the sound of music. Grassy knolls dotted with white rocks, a picture perfect creek running right down the middle. It was really an awesome place to be. Getting over that stream was pretty fun, it is a log hanging over a small waterfall that wasn’t exactly secure. We nearly lost one of our hiking members into that stream but luckily he was able to regain his balance. As you follow Deluge Creek up the valley, you will reach your destination, a secluded lake hidden between some massive, scree covered rocky crags.


View Deluge Lake and Gore Creek Hiking Trails in a larger map

This map includes the trailhead location in relation to the Antlers and Vail (just move the map a little west/left), Deluge Lake Hiking trail, and I included Gore Creek trail as well which is a hike I plan to accomplish very soon.