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