Lake Dorothy

Estes Park, Colorado

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Lake Dorothy is the highest named lake in Indian Peaks and is likely 100 feet deep. Most likely, Lake Dorothy was named after the granddaughter of Henry Lehman, who ranched along the South Fork of the Colorado River below today’s Monarch Lake Trailhead. When the family had to travel to Denver, they rode over Arapaho Pass, skirting Lake Dorothy, hanging impressively below Mount Neva. It is an easy walk from Arapaho Pass over tundra and rocks on a spur trail to Lake Dorothy. Wildlife: Mule deer, elk, red squirrel, mountain chickadee, white-tailed ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, and even mountain goat reported.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Lake Dorothy is the highest named lake in Indian Peaks and is likely 100 feet deep.

Most likely, Lake Dorothy was named after the granddaughter of Henry Lehman, who ranched along the South Fork of the Colorado River below today’s Monarch Lake Trailhead. When the family had to travel to Denver, they rode over Arapaho Pass, skirting Lake Dorothy, hanging impressively below Mount Neva. It is an easy walk from Arapaho Pass over tundra and rocks on a spur trail to Lake Dorothy.

Wildlife: Mule deer, elk, red squirrel, mountain chickadee, white-tailed ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, and even mountain goat reported.

© 2017 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 7.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, East Portal, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Dorothy

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