Follow the path that ascends this ridge to Mount Ida. VOSBURGH Lawrence Map B. GEORGE W. LONG ANTHONY STEWART AND JOHN e. I have not been there yet, so I was excited to check it out. One of the most beautiful parks in the country, located in the Colorado Rockies. 7 1. Rock slabs between Inkwell and Arrowhead Lakes, Rock Lake's outlet creek flows through the meadow. Game plan your next moves from this rock slab overlooking the landscape below. This hike in RMNP takes you first past stunning Mills Lake. Turn right at the T-junction, heading southwest. Note that park entrance fees are applied separately and in full. July 22nd marks three years since a friend lost her battle. Prepare to slow your pace along this stretch of trail. Current conditions, fishing reports, maps, water levels, boating, camping, articles, blogs, and photos. With a scale of 1:25,000, this sectional map provides much greater detail such as backcountry campsites, footbridges, water and snow hazards, and shuttle stops. Walk along the rim to find a relatively narrow but serviceable swath of grassy terrain leading down into the gorge (4.8 miles : 12,590' | GPS point #10). At mile 9.1, ford the Big Thompson River, lined with tall chiming bells and heartleaf arnica. Moderate. You’ll be entranced by spectacular views of mountain ridges, rugged peaks, and the color of wildflowers along the trail. 8 3. Fishes well for Greenbacks with scuds and damsels. Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. Views of Trail Ridge Road appear to the north. The varied views, including of several alpine lakes, and the vistas you see on this trail showcase some of the best that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. Stormy Peaks. This wind-blown and rocky 12,880-foot peak rests on the Continental Divide and towers above the Gorge Lakes in the valley below. Look to the right for views of a small lake. Trip Reports 4. The Poudre Lake Trailhead is located 25 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance on Trail Ridge Road. Dogs are not permitted on hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Any and all fish species taken must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. This hike is rated as moderate to difficult. These places represent their names well on this 19.4-mile out-and-back in the northeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. Note that your view of incoming weather from the west is blocked by gorge walls, and storms can develop with little warning. 5. Add 0.1 miles to trail distance. Waterfalls, alpine lakes, and mind-blowing scenery. (Scan rock piles at mile 1.4 for sun-bathing yellow-bellied marmots.) It's all included on this 9.1-mile out-and-back hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. After crossing marshy meadows by Rock Lake, continue a quarter mile and spend the night at Little Rock Campsite (mile 8). Use caution when down climbing these waterfalls; the rocks are extremely slick. Next day: Turn left at the sign post for Little Rock Campsite. Black Lake (10620 ft): 4.9 miles one way, 1440 foot gain. Cross the outlet creek and descend to Inkwell Lake. This 5.9-mile loop is great for eager flatlanders who are acclimating to the thin Rocky Mountain air. Nested outside of the town of Estes Park, the park rises from an elevation of about 7,500 feet to the high point of over 14,000 feet. The trail heads S-SE just west of and below the Divide to a cairn-marked fork (2.8 miles : 12,140’) - keep right (the left fork does rejoin the main trail). Trail difficulty: Moderate, 8.7 km Take a day out of your visit to Riding Mountain National Park to explore the wilderness that Archie Belaney (commonly known as Grey Owl) called home during his six-month stay at Beaver Lodge Lake. Next, down-climb boulders on Ida's southeast face to reach the … Jewel Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park Jewel Lake is a 6.4 mile round-trip hike into Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park. By far one of the most popular lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park is Bear Lake found at the end of Bear Lake Road. Highest Lake, Azure Lake, Inkwell Lake, Doughnut Lake, Arrowhead Lake, Love Lake and Rock Lake drain NE through the gorge into Forest Canyon and the Big Thompson River. Less than half a mile beyond Mills you’ll discover Jewel Lake under the shadow of the jagged eastern ridge known as Keyboard of the Winds. Located just 70 miles northwest of downtown Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a large national park encompassing more than 300 miles of trails. Loch, The Glacier Gorge A mighty fun lake to fish with a dry fly in the many wind-protected … Wild Basin Area: Thunder Lake (Calypso Cascades & Ouzel Falls), 10.8 miles (roundtrip distance to Azure Lake), 10,753' - 11,940' (12,670' max elevation on route), +1,917' net elevation gain (+3,150' total roundtrip elevation gain), N40 25.220 W105 48.683 — 0.0 miles : Poudre Lake Trailhead, N40 25.080 W105 48.489 — .6 miles : Milner Pass - Mt Ida Trail split, N40 24.741 W105 48.529 — 1.2 miles : Clear treeline, N40 24.289 W105 47.939 — 2.0 miles : Look for sheep and elk on grassy slopes, N40 23.736 W105 47.538 — 2.8 miles : Cairn marked split - bear right, N40 23.242 W105 47.468 — 3.4 miles : Low point of saddle, N40 23.056 W105 47.298 — 3.75 miles : Trail fades on approach to summit, N40 22.841 W105 47.216 — 4.0 miles : Trail fades on approach to summit, N40 22.594 W105 46.855 — 4.5 miles : Ledge on ridge overlooking lakes, N40 22.715 W105 46.620 — 4.8 miles : Drop off ridge down gorge wall, N40 22.648 W105 46.612 — 4.95 miles : Steep drop down gorge wall, N40 22.591 W105 46.517 — 5.1 miles : Level out on small sandy flat, N40 22.386 W105 46.376 — 5.4 miles : Azure Lake, A permit is required for all backcountry camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. ... ridge line from Mount Ida which separates a series of unnamed shallow ponds in a valley to the north west of the Gorge Lakes and the Gorge Lakes themselves. Comments, Backcountry Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. Zone camping is permitted at the Gorge Lakes. The creek runs east and south of Bear Lake Road and can be accessed from Glacier Creek Trail from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Boulder, Alpine RMNP Bouldering… > Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake. Mount Julian and Terra Tomah Mountain border the lakes on the east. Navigate a backcountry obstacle course of boulder fields, willow thickets, rushing creeks, and waterfalls on this 10.5-mile routefinding challenge into one of the park’s most solitary lake basins. Living in Loveland, I feel that the drive up to Glacier Gorge is enough, and I get anxious to just hit the trail after an hour of driving. Bear Lake Glacier Gorge Loop Trail, RMNP, July 18, 2010. Rushing waterfalls, mountainous views, and a healthy dose of altitude highlight this 6.3-mile loop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Time management and weather-reading are essential when heading to the Gorge Lakes, especially for day-hikers. another 8.4 miles to parking at Milner Pass. Near mile seven, cross the top of a waterfall, the outlet stream of Arrowhead Lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing. In 6.7 miles, continue straight on US 34 W/Trail Ridge Rd. Contact the park before heading out for current information. No trails reach the lakes, however there are several viable routes into the gorge. 0 2. Ice or deep snow sometimes makes the last mile difficult, and may require the use of skis or snowshoes. Barbless hooks only. 43 Warm-Up Boulder. 8. 9. Stay on established paths to about the 4.25 mile mark, where you'll veer off (left) to the gorge rim with a great view over the lakes (4.5 miles : 12,650'). Climb over and across massive boulders that line Inkwell's shoreline. Tour two mountain lakes en route to Emerald Lake, a picturesque tarn with stunning views of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain, on this popular hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The indigenous Greenback Cutthroat was though extinct until a pure strain was discovered in Como Creek in 1973. Little Rock Campsite: Set up your tent on this flat dirt platform surrounded by trees. This wind-blown and rocky 12,880-foot peak rests on the Continental Divide and towers above the Gorge Lakes in the valley below. For the next 3.6 miles, the route ascends grassy, alpine slopes just below the crest of the Continental Divide to 12,880-foot Mount Ida. Stay straight on the main path where a faint trail veers off to the left. At mile .6, turn right at the T and climb past treeline into tundra backdropped by layers of peaked ridgelines. Only experienced hikers should attempt reaching the lakes: The trail begins on the south side of Poudre Lake where you’ll find signs for Milner Pass and Mt Ida a few steps from the trailhead. Climbing back to the Mt Ida Trail is strenuous, and for day-hikers, likely coincides with the arrival of afternoon storms. Take Bear Lake Trailhead and follow signs for Alberta Falls. Snowshoeing: RMNP Glacier Gorge to Mills Lake A beautiful 50 degrees in Fort Collins, upper 30’s at Rocky Mountain National Park. Mills Lake - RMNP | Jewel Lake - RMNP ... From the Beaver Meadows Entrance, follow Bear Lake Road to the Beirstadt Lake Parking Area or the Glacier Gorge Parking Area. The destination was Mills Lake. Avoid cornices in this area. Lakes on the to W Lih 1950 Era the “Blowtorch’' in TfiltEE St* 41 illustrations and 29 in Natural Colors 0. Arrowhead Lake - RMNP - fishing in Estes Park, Colorado. Trail … Only used to identify you to ProTrails. The parking area is located just south of Poudre Lake on the east side of the road. i-letc*m? No bait is permitted by any age angler in catch-and-release areas. V1 5. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. I usually concentrate my hiking in RMNP and the immediate area around it, so upon looking through some maps, I realized how many trail systems I’ve never been on that wind through the west side of the park. You may spot rusted old cans lying in the trees. Ahead, the route travels just below the crest of the Continental Divide. Catch views of Rock Lake and Little Rock Lake. There is an established campsite at Little Rock Lake at the bottom of the gorge. Lily Lake Lily Lake Another lake which caters to handicapped access. Next, down-climb boulders on Ida's southeast face to reach the saddle below. Combine with The Pool hike for a six mile loop by taking a connection trail beyond Cub Lake … Approximately 80% of the trail and route into the gorge is above treeline and fully exposed. Look for bighorn sheep and elk along these big, open slopes. The hike up to Mills Lake is a steady, uphill, 5.6 mile trek into the breathtaking Glacier Gorge trail system of Rocky Mountain National Park. Contact the backcountry office for details and permits. It dips across a saddle with great views north across open alpine bowls (3.4 miles : 12,015’), then steepens and fades in rockier terrain under the summit (3.5 miles :12,037’). Mount Julian and Terra Tomah Mountain border the lakes on the east. The lakes are Inkwell (lower left), Arrowhead (upper center), Love (tiny lake above Arrowhead), and Doughnut (right, above center). Climb north up steep, grassy slopes toward the road. NOTE To check out a slight variation on this route, go to backpacker.com/hikes/988229. 6 5. 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