Finch Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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This is one of the many hiking destinations in Wild Basin named for wildlife. Wild Basin has been splashed with many bird names in seemingly random fashion. The presence of a bird name does not necessarily mean that hikers will see that particular creature near that named point. At Finch Lake, the chances of seeing Cassin’s finches are good, less so house finches and nil for brown-capped rosy finches in summer, but maybe in winter. Finches by other names—pine grosbeak, red crossbill, or pine siskin—also may turn up at Finch Lake.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

This is one of the many hiking destinations in Wild Basin named for wildlife.

Wild Basin has been splashed with many bird names in seemingly random fashion. The presence of a bird name does not necessarily mean that hikers will see that particular creature near that named point. At Finch Lake, the chances of seeing Cassin’s finches are good, less so house finches and nil for brown-capped rosy finches in summer, but maybe in winter. Finches by other names—pine grosbeak, red crossbill, or
pine siskin—also may turn up at Finch Lake.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 8,520 feet
Top Elevation: 9,912 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 Allens Park; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Finch Lake

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