This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.
Fantastic hike! It's under tree cover until the last quarter mile which is just phenomenal. I hiked in late February and the trail was well packed and easy to follow. It was pretty icy -probably could have used more than my yaktracks and was glad I brought trekking poles.
Loooooooooove this trail. It's a tourist destination for a reason. I'm a Colorado native, so I've been here in multiple seasons and every season is a new experience. It is an easy trail of you are okay with high altitude. Beautiful views and landscapes. RMNP is my favorite park.
SO beautiful here! Bring lots of layers. We were here in October and some parts of the park we were comfortable in a tshirt and going up on this trail we needed gloves and a coat. Very extreme change! I would consider this trail between "easy" and "moderate" difficulty- we saw some people struggling! You definitely should be in pretty good shape to be hiking here- you're in the mountains after all.
The views are insane and the lakes are beautiful! Nymph lake almost scared us away from going any further (it's not as pretty as the rest) but keep going! It's interesting to see how different all of the lakes are as you get higher up.