Pitkin Lake Trail climbs to 11,370 feet in Eagles Nest Wilderness where this photo of Pitkin Lake was taken. The lake is surrounded by 12,000 and 13,000 foot peaks of the Gore Range. Pitkin Lake Trail begins in East Vail, Colorado near exit 180 of I-70. Pitkin Lake is reached in about five miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain. Threatening rain almost prevented me from getting this panorama shot.