The ambitious can continue up to Whale Peak from this lovely lake, nestled under the Continental Divide. A lovely alpine lake, with reputedly good trout fishing, Gibson Lake lies under the Continental Divide at the foot of Whale Peak. For the restless, Whale Peak is easily accessible by trail south from the lake, and then west and northwest parallel to the ridge. A less ambitious side trip is to continue up slope from the lake, following its inlet stream, and climbing 200 feet more to a hidden, jewel-like tarn. At Week 24, perhaps you will still find miniature icebergs floating in this high altitude pond. Flower enthusiasts will want to spend time on the tundra surrounding these two bodies of water, examining the tiny alpine plants so profuse at this time of year. But be sure to return in the fall, when the Hall Valley puts on a spectacular aspen display.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,674 ft|
|Duration||80 minutes up, 60 minutes down|
|Season||Early June to early October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,316 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,860 ft|
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