Frying Pan Lakes is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Hunter–Fryingpan Wilderness Area. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 9,978 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,271 feet. Near the trailhead there is a pipeline.
Frying Pan Lakes Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike to the Fryingpan Lakes, or a longer wilderness route to the Continental Divide. This trail follows the upper valley of the Fryingpan River, bordered by the towering crags of the Continental Divide. The path is maintained only as far as the lower lake; the old trail that passes the upper lake and continues up the valley to a pass above the North Fork of Lake Creek is primitive and requires some route-finding skill to follow.The trail begins by crossing a bridge above the aqueduct tunnel. It zig-zags up beside Marten Creek before swinging east through the subalpine forest. The climb is steady, with occasional steep pitches. Soon, avalanche slopes yield views of the surrounding mountains, and columbine blossoms bloom beside the pathway."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"Total ascent: 1,708 feet. Total descent: 1,476. There’s a lot of up and down to this Fryingpan Lakes Trail, but your rewards are well worth it. The scenery, the lakes and the jagged peaks of the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness all help make this a fabulous hike.The river was named for a fryingpan hung in a tree to mark the spot of a wounded trapper in a fight with native American Utes. This area has a proud history of trapping, mining and life on the Colorado frontier, where legends of wealth continue to grow."
--Bill Haggerty, Hiking Colorado's Western Slope (Falcon Guides).
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