Finch Lake and Pear Reservoir
Get an early start to catch the reflection of massive Copeland Mountain on the calm waters of these two lovely lakes. Here is a hike in the southwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park that leads to two lovely bodies of water in spectacular Wild Basin. Pets, bicycles and guns are forbidden on trails within the park. The trail crosses an area where summer wildflowers now cover the scar left by a 1978 forest fire that roared through Wild Basin. The forest is recovering, but in the meantime, views have opened up on what was formerly a forest walk, offering opportunities to photograph the south face of Longs Peak. Speaking of excellent photo ops, explore the reflection of massive Copeland Mountain in either lake, preferably in early morning when the waters are usually calm and the light is most appealing.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,781 ft|
|Duration||135 min to Finch Lake, 67 min to Pear Reservoir, 159 min back to TH|
|Season||Late May to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,475 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,582 ft|
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