Red Pine Lake
I also hiked to Dog Lake since my last hiking post, but the gps data got screwed up because I forgot to turn off the watch until I had driven halfway back down the canyon. I'm going to be hiking to Dog Lake again Wednesday, so I'll just post the gps data from that hike.
Here is the Red Pine Lake gps data.
Round Trip Distance: 6.32 miles
Starting/Ending Elevation: 7637/9647
Round Trip Time: 3 hours
Baby Carrying Comfort: Last mile is very steep, it's a long way to have to be extremely cautious. Doable, but I outsourced it to Tim and I'm not sure I would want to do it myself.
Overall Difficulty: 70%
Trail Pleasure Scale: 80% Beautiful, but slightly grueling for the last mile.
Destination Pleasure Scale: 100% flowers everywhere, green, stunning lake.
Best Time of Year: August. Before August you have to hike through the snow, and after August it gets chilly up there.
Dogs Allowed?: No
Canyon Fee: No
We had to try three times to hike this one this year. The first time we ran into snow with 3/4 of a very steep mile to go. The second time it began raining hard, hailing, and booming thunder. I brought a jacket to cover munchies, and she was as happy as ever in the middle of the storm.
Here's a nice picture of the view down the canyon you see after about 1.5 miles.
Third time was a charm. This is one of the prettiest hikes around. Especially the last leg of the hike, there are flowers everywhere.
You're also surrounded by mountains, the tops of which are pretty awesome in places. This picture didn't quite capture them clearly, but the formations on the tops of these mountains were cool.
Pretty river along the way.
The lake is impressive. Or, rather the reservoir. There is a dam, but I was confused because I thought a reservoir would be getting low by this time of year.
It got chilly by the time we reached the lake. The wind was blowing fiercely and we had to hide behind the dam. Here was our view of the lake.
At least the view the other way was green and pretty.