Feel Like You
really beautiful. didn't quite make it to the lake. after the longs peak trail splits off to the north, the trail disappeared. tried to break trail through the snow, but was by myself and the terrain started approaching avalanche angle. i'll be back though...
A great alternative to Long's Peak when the weather is not cooperative (wind and early snow). Left very early to catch the sunrise over the lake. The downside of any Long's Peak area excursion is the early start. Hiking with a headlamp does not allow me to see or photograph the beauty of the area on the way in.
Such a wonderful hike if your only in grand lake for a weekend or more! The trail starts off pretty flat as you travel along the meadow, then starts picking up elevation about a mile in where you climb to the three lakes. Great for beginners and experts alike. We were four college kids and had a great time! A++ for sure!
This was our second hike in RMNP, it was a bit tough but well worth the hike. The river crossings on the way up were nice. The trail transitions from forest into alpine tundra. We went in the middle of October and started around 11 AM. It was pretty cool at the beginning but as you hike higher it got pretty breezy and chilly. At the top it was very windy and cold, we couldn't stay too long. The weather didn't take away from the beauty of the lake. The most difficult part of the trail was the last scramble up just before the lake. It was still pretty icy up there so it was a bit tricky navigating up the ice and rocks. I would recommend hiking with a good pair of boots to keep traction. The whole hike took us about 6 hours to complete. I think we went a little slower than usual cause it was our second hike and we are all from Florida which is as flat as it gets. All along the way is breathtaking views of the mountains and the valley. I can't wait to come back out here!
Great hike! Extra challenging to get up the last scramble with the snow and ice, but that much more rewarding when it was done! I enjoyed the waterfalls and river crossings on the way up, and once you get above the treeline the views are remarkable. My only caution if you go soon is to watch for falling ice around the cliffs just past Peacock Pool...I nearly got creamed by a softball sized solid ball of ice! Otherwise some minor slippage, but poles were good enough to get past it. No problem with parking either, on a wintery weekday. Even when I left at 3ish, there were still a lot of open spots. Overall awesome!