Lake Haiyaha

Estes Park, Colorado

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Careful practice is required to nonchalantly recite the name of this lake. Spelling it is best left to authors of trail guides. “Haiyaha” evidently is the word for “big rock” or “boulder” in one of the Native American languages. Certainly glaciers did dump large rocks around the lake in numbers extraordinary even for Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a playground for rock scrambling. The chances for mishap, therefore, might seem high, although hiking history does not describe Haiyaha as specifically dangerous. A few yards before the trail reaches Dream Lake, a branch left crosses Tyndall Creek toward Lake Haiyaha. Be sure to take a very short detour to stand at the outlet of Dream Lake, the best view of the hike. There is a very lovely vista of Dream Lake from above on the way to Haiyaha, but it is vastly inferior to the view from Dream Lake’s outlet. This view should be experienced whenever you’re in the area, even if you have already stood on Dream’s shore a hundred times.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Careful practice is required to nonchalantly recite the name of this lake. Spelling it is best left to authors of trail guides. “Haiyaha” evidently is the word for “big rock” or “boulder” in one of the Native American languages. Certainly glaciers did dump large rocks around the lake in numbers extraordinary even for Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a playground for rock scrambling. The chances for mishap, therefore, might seem high, although hiking history does not describe Haiyaha as specifically dangerous.

A few yards before the trail reaches Dream Lake, a branch left crosses Tyndall Creek toward Lake Haiyaha. Be sure to take a very short detour to stand at the outlet of Dream Lake, the best view of the hike. There is a very lovely vista of Dream Lake from above on the way to Haiyaha, but it is vastly inferior to the view from Dream Lake’s outlet. This view should be experienced whenever you’re in the area, even if you have already stood on Dream’s shore a hundred times.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer
Trailhead Elevation: 9,475 feet
Top Elevation: 10,240 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 McHenrys Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Haiyaha

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