Haynach Lakes

Estes Park, Colorado

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Isolated by distance, these ponds and a lovely lake below dramatic peaks justify the trail pounding required to get there. The Arapaho called these lakes haa’ nach (“snow water”), which got anglicized to their current name. It is a truly charming name, but it does not differentiate these lakes from nearly all other lakes in the national park. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that such a beautiful name end up somewhere on the park map, and these bodies of water certainly merit the honor.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Isolated by distance, these ponds and a lovely lake below dramatic peaks justify the trail pounding required to get there. The Arapaho called these lakes haa’ nach (“snow water”), which got anglicized to their current name.

It is a truly charming name, but it does not differentiate these lakes from nearly all other lakes in the national park. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that such a beautiful name end up somewhere on the park map, and these bodies of water certainly merit the honor.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 16.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 8,794 feet
Top Elevation: 11,080 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park; USGS Grand Lake and McHenrys Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Haynach Lakes

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