Summary: To start this hike follow my Beaver Lake guide. The trail now narrows to a singletrack back country trail unlike the wider pack trail to Beaver Lake. While this leg of the trip rises another 1500 feet it does so over a 4 miles as opposed to 3. This makes for a pretty gentle grade for most of the rest of the trek. There are a few steep points here and there however.
There are many stream crossings to make along the trail. None are quite as violent as the stream crossing below beaver lake, so there are no large bridges. Careful foot work and the help of logs will get you by high and dry. After winding through the pines you will come to large meadow. Back into the trees again, the next clearing will be at Lower Turquoise Lake. Continue further along the sometimes hard to follow trail and you will find Upper Turquoise. You may return on the same trail or climb Grouse Mountain and leave via West Grouse Creek or explore more of the Holy Cross Wilderness.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located in the Beaver Creek Ski Resort high above Avon, CO. To reach the resort exit I-70 at Avon road and go south to Village road and the Beaver Creek entrance. Access is limited in Beaver Creek Resort. If you are unable to get a visitors parking pass or are not staying at the resort you can ride the shuttle to the Village from the lower visitors lot. From Beaver Creek Village hike south from the shuttle stop along Village Road to Elk Track Road. (along the 5 senses trail) You may also be able to get the shuttle driver to take you to the trailhead. This trail begins at the Beaver Lake Trailhead. (Lat:39.59658 Lon:-106.52302)
Trail Guides for Turquoise_Lake:
The Vail Hiker
by Mary Ellen Gilliland (Alpenrose Press)
Best Seasons: Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: White River National Forest, Holy Cross Ranger District. (970)827-5715
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ben Randle, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ed on 6/4/2012
Did this hike in a single day thinking it was 12 or 13 miles, GPS tagged us at 15.2 round trip to Upper Turquoise. Beautiful, but long and exhausting. Very early season so quite muddy in many spots, and snow blocking the trail. Also many dead pines had been knocked over by the wind making navigation very challenging and trekking difficult. Lots of stream crossings so a water pump makes it easy to refill. Would recommend this as an overnight instead of a single day out and back, certainly some nice, high and dry spots near the lakes or in meadows nearby.
Reviewed by darren on 8/4/2008
I enjoyed this hike. We had a little trouble finding the trail head. There is a pull off just below the local kids fishing pond that was perfect. The first 1.5 miles were boring as they went through the ski area. However, it is a very beautiful area once you get to the wilderness. We caught a bunch of cutthroat trout in the upper turquoise lake. I definitely want to explore the area some more!
Reviewed by Valoree on 9/21/2007
Hiked in 9/21/07 starting @ Beaver Creek. All trails in good shape except for a couple of very soggy areas. Upper Turq was not too much farther than lower and was spectacular (huge fish!). Did this in one day hike and were pretty tired, but would do again and highly recommend to others who are ready for a strenuous hike.
Reviewed by Steve on 6/14/2004
I made this hike last year. I packed plenty of water and snacks but made the mistake of not getting a topo map instead using the local brochure as a map. It wasn't until the hike was over that I discovered it was 13 mile round trip. But well worth it...
Reviewed by Rob on 9/1/2003
This hike is a great overnight. Turquoise lakes have a million fish and are great for fishing. I have made a three day trip out of beginning in Minturn and stopping at Olsen lake and then climbing over the pass to the Turquoise lakes and spending one night there. Olsen lake is nice, but not nearly as nice as lower turquoise. Lower Turq is a great area to camp due to the large meadow where upper turq is more limited in camping pssibilities. I strongly recommend this hike!!
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