Beautiful hike. First mile is steep, 2nd mile is pretty flat, last mile is steep. We hiked around the lake a bit and there are many cairns to get you back on the right path if you stray from the path. On our way back we turned onto the continental divide trail just so we could see what lies beyond the ridge. I highly recommend doing so. The views from Jones Pass were great, and it only adds an extra mile or so onto your trek.
Great way to see some beautiful landforms and arches in a single hike. We hiked to the Dark Angel and started to head back via the primitive trail, but were turned back when rain and grauppel started to slicken the rock. Lightning also created a hazard while scrambling back across the top of the fins. Our favorite was the Double O Arch but the Navaho Arch was quite unique. 6.8 miles in just under 4.0 hours.
Definitely hard... might not be as tall as Marcy, but it gains a lot of elevation quick & really works your lungs. Good bit of steep, flat rock face that helps if you really lean into the mountain for & the ladder near the summit is surprisingly sturdy and safe. That view makes it all so worth it, though!
This was a great hike! The top was steep but nothing technical. The 1st 2/3 of hike was mild to moderate grade. Trail was well marked except at very top with all of the extraneous paths to vistas. The views over Indian lake to the east as well as to the west were spectacular! Only 2 other groups on the trail midweek.
Amazing hike! Very accessible from Aspen and well worth the trip from Denver. At the end of summer there were still tons of backpackers out there, and everyone is really awesome up the mountain. Lots of campsites near the hot springs, but definitely easy to go off backcountry if you can't snag one. Tips: if you are camping out, bring your bear can (bear hangs not allowed) and bring lots of water and a filter. The hike is amazingly beautiful, but be aware that most of the elevation gain is in the second half of the hike. Close to treeline with amazing views of the whole valley. Don't miss this one!
We started this hike at 1am with a fairly slow group, and got to the peak at 6:40 just before sunrise. It was beautiful! The trail wasn't too bad until you get to the rock field by the saddle (which was rough in the dark even with headlamps). The top was very cold though.
September 17, 2016 // Highly recommend a day hike to Heather Lake. A stunning hike to a spectacular mountain lake! Not a truly difficult hike, but you should be in decent shape. Start early so you have time to take photos along the way and spend time at the lake. Trekking poles helped. Bring plenty of water, snacks for the hike, and pack lunch to enjoy at the lake. We each carried a 2-liter water pack and brought a water filter to refill from the lake for the trek back. (Just depends on how much water you normally drink. I had enough for the entire hike. Hubby had to refill.) We took the Watchtower trail instead of the Hump trail where the Lakes trail splits. Thanks for the recommendation, folks. That was magical. Oh, if you enjoy fishing there's brook trout but they weren't huge. Amazing breathtaking views along the hike and at the lake. Loved it. Looking forward to doing it again.