Lake Nanita

Estes Park, Colorado

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There may be other lakes in the national park that rank with Nanita for beauty, but none surpass it. The trek to Lake Nanita winds gently through mostly lodgepole pine forest beset by beetles and varied by North Inlet, a creek that flows into the north side of Grand Lake. Where beleaguered forest opens to meadows, watch for moose. A worthwhile, less-ambitious hike culminates at redundantly named Cascade Falls. The falls present themselves to photographers most attractively from the bottom.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

There may be other lakes in the national park that rank with Nanita for beauty, but none surpass it. The trek to Lake Nanita winds gently through mostly lodgepole pine forest beset
by beetles and varied by North Inlet, a creek that flows into the north side of Grand Lake.

Where beleaguered forest opens to meadows, watch for moose. A worthwhile, less-ambitious hike culminates at redundantly named Cascade Falls. The falls present themselves to photographers most attractively from the bottom.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Trailhead Elevation: 8,545 feet
Top Elevation: 10,789 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Grand Lake and McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Nanita

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