Lake of the Clouds

Estes Park, Colorado

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Lake of the Clouds is the only large lake in the Never Summer Range. clouds. Lake of the Clouds fits right in with this happy system. Somewhat surprisingly given the many glacier-carved lakes to the east in the national park, Lake of the Clouds is the only analogous large body of water in the Never Summers. The Red Mountain Trail below the Grand Ditch crosses Opposition Creek twice in a long switchback. The creek was named for a very large rock that delayed progress of Grand Ditch construction until workers could dig around this opposition.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Lake of the Clouds is the only large lake in the Never Summer Range. clouds. Lake of the Clouds fits right in with this happy system. Somewhat surprisingly given the many glacier-carved lakes to the east in the national park, Lake of the Clouds is the only analogous large body of water in the Never Summers.

The Red Mountain Trail below the Grand Ditch crosses Opposition Creek twice in a long switchback. The creek was named for a very large rock that delayed progress of Grand Ditch construction until workers could dig around this opposition.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 13.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 12 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,010 feet
Top Elevation: 11,432 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 Fall River Pass and Mount Richthofen; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of the Clouds

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