Lion Lake 1

Estes Park, Colorado

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Lion Lake is a fun pun transitioning from valuing mountain lakes as reservoirs to appreciating their scenic and spiritual values. Perhaps a mountain lion will appear at Lion Lake #1, or a bear at Bear Lake, or a cub at Cub Lake, but don’t count on it. On the other hand, if you have a long telephoto lens, lug it along just in case. There are two Lion Lakes. The trail stops at #1, which is the prettier, with a dramatic view of pointy Mount Alice. In 1923 park superintendent Roger Toll decided that the former label designating these lakes as reservoirs for Lyons, a town on the plains, was not appropriate. Evidently, superintendents at that time could change names, and he did. With a clever play on words, Lyons Reservoirs became Lion Lakes. Mountain lions originally ranged throughout the Western Hemisphere more broadly than any other mammal except humans.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Lion Lake is a fun pun transitioning from valuing mountain lakes as reservoirs to appreciating their scenic and spiritual values. Perhaps a mountain lion will appear at Lion Lake #1, or a bear at Bear Lake, or a cub at Cub Lake, but don’t count on it. On the other hand, if you have a long telephoto lens, lug it along just in case. There are two Lion Lakes.

The trail stops at #1, which is the prettier, with a dramatic view of pointy Mount Alice. In 1923 park superintendent Roger Toll decided that the former label designating these lakes as reservoirs for Lyons, a town on the plains, was not appropriate. Evidently, superintendents at that time could change names, and he did. With a clever play on words, Lyons Reservoirs became Lion Lakes. Mountain lions originally ranged throughout the Western Hemisphere more broadly than any other mammal except humans.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 13.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet
Top Elevation: 11,065 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 Lion Lake #1

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