Lovely wildflowers beneath groves of aspen are a treat along the way to this accessible high lake in the Gore Range. Here is a good, easy lake hike for the early season in the incredibly lush Eagles Nest Wilderness. The destination is one of many, so-called “Lost Lakes” in Colorado. (A shorter trail also reaches this peaceful lake from the east, via a spur off the Red Sandstone Road at mile 3.4 from the frontage road.) The route lies along a ridge, traversing through beautiful aspen groves and three open forested areas. Beginning in mid June and peaking in mid July, the open understory of these aspen forests shelter gorgeous displays of mountain wildflowers; including columbines, lupines, larkspurs, paintbrush and heart-leaved arnicas. Because this is one of the easiest high lakes to reach in the Gore Range, the local camp robbers, including gray jays and Stellars jays, are used to visitors and will come looking for a handout.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||827 ft|
|Duration||78 minutes up, 76 minutes down|
|Season||Late May to early October|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,627 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,244 ft|
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