Mirror and Crater Lakes

Estes Park, Colorado

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Despite its length, the trail to Mirror and Crater lakes may be the most popular on the west side of Indian Peaks because very sharp Lone Eagle Peak reflected in Mirror Lake (hence the lake’s unimaginative name) is one of the most famous views in Colorado. Likely, every hiker thinks the scenery along the hike to Mirror and Crater lakes is worth the work of getting there. There is no disappointment at the lack of a volcano at Crater Lake. Perhaps the magnificence of the scenery completely stunned the imaginations of namers so that no name seemed adequate and resulting appellations, equivalent to “A” and “B”, would have to do. From the junction of the Crater Lake Trail and the Pawnee Pass Trail (see Hike 42), about 7 miles from Monarch Lake, the Crater Lake Trail is occasionally wet or rocky.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Despite its length, the trail to Mirror and Crater lakes may be the most popular on the west side of Indian Peaks because very sharp Lone Eagle Peak reflected in Mirror Lake (hence the lake’s unimaginative name) is one of the most famous views in Colorado. Likely, every hiker thinks the scenery along the hike to Mirror and Crater lakes is worth the work of getting there. There is no disappointment at the lack of a volcano
at Crater Lake.

Perhaps the magnificence of the scenery completely stunned the
imaginations of namers so that no name seemed adequate and resulting appellations, equivalent to “A” and “B”, would have to do. From the junction of the Crater Lake Trail and the Pawnee Pass Trail (see Hike 42), about 7 miles from Monarch Lake, the Crater Lake Trail is occasionally wet or rocky.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 16.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 14 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) 887-4100; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Isolation Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Mirror and Crater Lakes

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