The hike to Ptarmigan Lake winds through spruce-fir forest, gently climbing into an area of beautiful subalpine meadows dotted with tarns and little lakes. For flower aficionados the meadows show off beautiful wildflowers in July. After a little climb up the side of a cirque, you arrive at crystal clear Ptarmigan Lake. Another 0.3 miles leads to a saddle with a view down into South Cottonwood Creek. This hike travels above treeline, so if the weather is threatening a thunderstorm, stay at the lower lakes.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Buena Vista|
|Elevation Gain||1,472 ft|
|Duration||3 - 4.5 hours|
|Season||Best from July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,660 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,132 ft|
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