Watanga Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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The hike to Watanga Lake switches from steep to relatively gentle grades in a stairstep pattern cut by glaciers. Watanga was an Arapaho prominent in his tribe at the end of the nineteenth century. He took part in the brutal self-torture of the sun dance, signed an 1890 treaty with the Euro-Americans, and served as a captain of Indian police. He was also a delegate for his tribe to Washington, and deputy sheri ff in the generation following the Plains Indian wars. In Arapaho, Watanga means Black Coyote, but hikers more likely will remember the lake for its abundant trout population. From Roaring Fork Trailhead at Arapaho Bay on Lake Granby, the trail traverses lodgepole pine forests much battered by pine beetles and interspersed by open marshes.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The hike to Watanga Lake switches from steep to relatively gentle grades in a stairstep pattern cut by glaciers.

Watanga was an Arapaho prominent in his tribe at the end of the nineteenth century. He took part in the brutal self-torture of the sun dance, signed an 1890 treaty with the Euro-Americans, and served as a captain of Indian police. He was also a delegate for his tribe to Washington, and deputy sheri ff in the generation following the Plains Indian wars.

In Arapaho, Watanga means Black Coyote, but hikers more likely will remember the lake for its abundant trout population. From Roaring Fork Trailhead at Arapaho Bay on Lake Granby, the trail traverses lodgepole pine forests much battered by pine beetles and interspersed by open marshes.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 8.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 877-4100, fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Shadow Mountain, Isolation Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Watanga Lake

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