Lake of the Clouds

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Lake of the Clouds

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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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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
12 hours
9,010 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,432 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Fall River Pass and Mount Richthofen; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018