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Rocky Mountain National Park-Sprague Lake

June 14, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

Ok, Colorado. I get it. It took me a little while, but we’re on the same page now.

Colorado Rule #429: Do not attempt to go to an altitude higher than 8,000 feet prior to August.

Again, we attempted to go hiking in the mountains only to discover that the trail was still snow packed.

Sigh. Luckily, we were in Rocky Mountain National Park, so we had about a bajillion other options. We have an annual pass to the park and have been five or six times since we have lived here.

Every time we have visited the park, we have gone to Bear Lake. And every time, we have walked up to the lake and then walked right back to the car. Sunday was no different. Even though we had plenty of water, snacks, and layers in case of inclement weather, the trail was packed with snow and ice. Both rangers and other hikers told us that it was too slippery. After Tim checked it out, we agreed that we would go somewhere more family-hike friendly. Preferably with no snow. It’s June for crying out loud.

So, off to Sprague Lake we went. My mom, Tim, Olivia, and I piled back into the car and made our way to the lake. The lake is encircled by a nature trail. It is a flat, easy hike of just over a mile round trip. It is stroller and wheelchair friendly. There were a number of other people there hiking, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying a beautiful day.

On one side of the path, there were stacks of timber that had been cut down to prevent the spread of the pine beetle. Can you imagine the bonfire this would make??

On the other side of the path were views like this…

The lake is a natural draw for the wildlife in the area. We saw ducks and hawks. We heard frogs in a marshy area. Other animals never appeared, but left clues that they had been in the area.

Once again, we ended up having a great day even though it wasn’t quite the day we expected.

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  1. girl, it might even be snow-packed in august this year! the weather’s been crazy, but at least the views are still fantastic :)

  2. Joanne says:

    Loved the pictures! Your Mom looks great!

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