Hooper and Keener Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The unpredictable nature of Colorado weather dictates that you should always begin your hikes as early in the morning as possible, but on this particular trail there are several additional reasons why you should get an early start. First, the Stillwater Trailhead is also where the popular hike to the Devils Causeway begins, and by 9:00 a.m. the limited parking space at the trailhead is often completely filled.
Second, both Hooper and Keener lakes are situated directly east of a long stretch of spectacular cliffs below Flat Top Mountain, and the early morning views from across the lakes are outstanding. And third, as you cross over the pass between the Route and White River National Forests you will briefly be above timberline on a beautiful alpine tundra of rolling, flower-laden hills that is especially stunning in the crisp morning air. Many of the flowers close their blossoms in the heat of the afternoon."