Six miles into the Gore Range and the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Gore Lake sits at 11,414′ at the base of Snow Peak (13,024′), Willow Peak (13,357′), and Red Peak (13,189′).
A couple years ago, my buddy found a hike to the unofficially-named Crater Lake in the Gore Range at the base of the Spider (12,692′) and the Fly, two also unofficially-named twelvers residing on a rugged spur ridge west of the main spine of the central Gores.
In the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, the glacial Tyndall Gorge is home to three incredibly beautiful alpine lakes, each surrounded by increasingly impressive views of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain rising dramatically in the distance.
Hiking Sky Pond to shoot sunrise was one of my goals this summer and the gorge is even more impressive than I expected.
Winding the 48 miles between Estes Park on Rocky Mountain National Park’s east side and Grand Lake on the west is the highway to the sky, better known as the iconic Trail Ridge Road.
I kept putting the hike off because it didn’t sound easy even as a day hike, let alone to do it right as an overnight with a full pack.
My experience in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado is unfortunately really limited and based pretty much around Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells.
Even though it’s nestled up against the Gore Range and just over the ridge to the south of Piney Lake outside of Vail, the views at Lost Lake just aren’t as grand or iconic.
Located in the vastness of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park encompasses 44,246 acres with the preserve protecting an additional 41,686 acres.