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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby TravelingMatt » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:10 pm

Get the Latitude 40 map of Summit County and pick a trail in the Gore Range that goes to a lake. You can't go wrong.

The trails that start near Vail can get busy on weekends unless you start early, though.
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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby clemsonmtneer » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:58 pm

Bluebird Lake in the Wild Basin area of RMNP. Fairly long hike at 6.2 miles one way, but totally worth the effort. Also second Blue Lake for a shorter hike.

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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby Doctor No » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:02 pm

We did Ypsilon Lake in RMNP today, and I recommend it without reservation. I also like Bluebird Lake.

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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby ctlee » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:20 pm

Here's one that fits all of your requirements--it may be crowded unless you go during the week and is 8 miles but not too bad--Herman Lake--one hour from Denver-exit 218 off I-70 (no name for exit, just number) take a right off the exit into the parking lot-first part climbs alongside a big waterfall--trail opens up into a beautiful bowl with awesome views--wildflowers galore this time of year are absolutely gorgeous--then up to the lake above treeline. Short drive and hike, big rewards. One of my first hikes after moving from back East and I was floored as a newbie.
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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby ChrisRoberts » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:09 pm

Doctor No wrote:We did Ypsilon Lake in RMNP today, and I recommend it without reservation. I also like Bluebird Lake.

We went up to Ypsilon and beyond to Chiquita Lake. I'd rec it (kinda boring to Ypsilon though)
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Re: Lake Hikes

Postby Doctor No » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:12 pm

We thought about that - we ascended the waterfall and went aways; we looked a bit for the best way to get to Spectacle Lakes and finally decided that Doctor No should have researched the route a bit more before endangering his fiance. :lol:

She likes forest hikes, though, so she was happy with the tree hike to Ypsilon Lake.

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