Unbearably hot temperatures had a firm grim on Denver this week reaching almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. To escape scorching heat and melting dirty grey asphalt of the city, I decided on a gateway to the chilly and green Rocky Mountains. I planned our hike to be around stunning alpine lakes in the Rockies.
Our trip started very early, we woke up at 6 in the morning to get to the park by 8 am. Due to its popularity, Rocky Mountains park gets extremely busy during summer months, so make sure to arrive early in order to find a parking spot and to avoid the crowds. I have to confess, the first time we tried to do this hike, we arrived around noon and found all the roads to the lakes closed due to a high number of visitors. We had to turn around and drive back home, it was not the most pleasant drive back as you can imagine. The next day we started our trip veeerrryy early.
The first alpine lake that we encountered right at the start of our hike was a spectacular Bear Lake.
After admiring Bear Lake, we continued our adventure on a slightly uphill path trailing around mountains.
Our little girl just loves being in a carrier and loves to be outside. She is such an active and curious baby that will occasionally gratify passing hikers with her smile. I am so in love with her and she undoubtedly makes any hike even better.
At just over half a mile, we reached a Nymph Lake, a tranquil lake blooming with lily pads. One can see where this lake gets its name, the lake exhumes a mythological feel and you can easily imagine beautiful nymphs living here 😉
Next stop – Dream Lake.
Every hike in Colorado keeps surprising me with its unique views. No hike that I had done has been similar.
Emerald Lake seems so inviting with crystal clear water but do not be fooled, the water is very cold.
Of course, we wished to explore more and continued up a fairly steep climb through a dense forest leading us to Lake Haiyaha.
After some intensive hiking, we encountered a remarkable panorama view of Rockies and the lakes. These views never get old and always get an Ahhhhhh from me.
As we were approaching the Lake Haiyaha, the trail became very rocky and rugged. We had to concur a few large boulders to get to the shores of the lake. I have never encountered a path like this one and was simply fascinated by it.
Heading back…back to the boiling hot Denver.