We also saw deer tracks There's a $26 fee to backcountry camp in Rocky Mountain National Park (May 1 - October 31). The trail steepens to a clearing where lightning-induced fire struck in 1978 (2.55 miles : 9,740'). I did my last hike of the season to Pear Lake in RMNP. The Finch Lake Trailhead is located 1.7 miles from the entrance station on the left-hand side of the road. Rocky Mountain National Park is known for it's pristine backcountry lakes. Once beyond the lake the trail crosses over Cony Creek, and then almost immediately begins a long steep climb. Alpine Lake Fishing. Strollers permitted. September 2, 2020. Alice, Thunder Lake has one of the most prized trout stocks in the park with stunning views of Mt. Gaps in the forest offer good views up Wild Basin toward Mount Copeland (13,176') and Ouzel Peak (12,716'), and north to Mt Meeker (13.911'). Rocky Mountain National Park is known for it's pristine backcountry lakes. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek. Beyond the descent to Finch Lake we did not see a single person. Looming just above the lake is 13,176-foot Mt. Rocky Mountain National Park is an American national park located approximately 76 mi (122 km) northwest of Denver International Airport in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. A permit is required for all backcountry camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. Just past Finch Lake the trail becomes quite wet, marshy and muddy, but it's not too problematic if you're careful where you step. Seen below is a photo from the Pear Lake Trail and our wildlife sighting. Some of the snow was packed down so we could hike on it, but slipped through a lot of the snow, too. Escape the crowds and enjoy the serene scenery around Pear Lake in the remote southern portion of Wild Basin. Rocky Mountain Fly Fisher provides a glimpse of what fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park is all about.. EAST SIDE OF THE PARK: NORTH FORK AREA — Dunraven Trailhead (7,960) From Steve Schweitzer's A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park, flyfishingrmnp.com: Pear Lake Pear Lake was once a reservoir in the early 1900's, being drained to serve water to the immediate Front Range of Colorado. We were the only ones at Pear Lake, it was great. Almost right from the start the trail begins with a stiff climb up a ridge, gaining roughly 485 feet in just eight-tenths of a mile. Pear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Copeland off towards the west. Pear Lake is a difficult 7-mile hike with excellent campsites and frequent evening rises through the summer. Distance: 8.7 miles one-way Lake elevation: 11,512 feet Trailhead elevation: 8,470 feet Net elevation gain: 3,042 feet Finch Lake Trailhead Rocky Mountain National Park: Cony Lake: Major Trail Landmarks The lake is bordered by Copeland Mountain on the right hand side and Elk Tooth cropping up on the left. We even had a nesting woodpecker chirp at us fairly aggressively. There are several options for destinations from the trail, and that day we were aiming for Ouzel Falls. ", "Started out heading to Bluebird Lake, but only got as far as Ouzel Falls. Adventure; Hike We Like: Finch Lake Trail in RMNP. There are 2individual sites and a privy. Finally we crossed Pear Creek and saw a change in landscape ahead. The sites are on the south (left) side of the trail after it crosses the Pear Creek in a heavily timbered area. The wildfire was finally brought under control by September 30th, but wasn't fully extinguished until December 4th! With her nest being so close to the trail, she apparently didn't like us being around. The Hutcheson Lakes and Cony Lake (11,512') are accessible via social trails and intuitive routing into the adjacent the drainage. Elk Tooth (L) and the rugged terrain on the southeast slopes of Copeland (R). Fringe season travelers should anticipate this turn, as snow may conceal it. A level packed gravel trail encircles the lake featuring educational exhibits. Pear Lake, there is no established trail, so this hike necessitates some basic route-finding. Pear Lake (RMNP) 12/4/2017 0 Comments Trip date: Dec 02-03, 2017. In 1988 the park removed the structure with a bulldozer and pneumatic hammers, and then re-graded the land to its original slope. The site is located along the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail in a mixed aspen-spruce-lodgepole forest. 13 Miles Link to GPS track: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/797841a29d8c177ab79cf0dfa0dad88b/ There is no privy at the campsite so bring wag bags for human waste. The dam was removed in 1988 leaving a noticeable scar along the boulders and cliff sides around Pear Lake. +2,112' net elevation gain (+2,582' total roundtrip elevation gain), "We started at the Allens Park trailhead; it shortens the hike to make it 12 miles round-trip. The Pear Lake site is located 6.6 miles from Finch Lake Trailhead, or 7.3 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,582'. Trip Reports There are 2 individual sites and a privy. We went on to Pear Lake and had to go through a lot of snow once we left Finch Lake. Due to rapidly changing conditions associated with the mountain pine beetle infestation and resulting dead trees that pose potential hazards, our requirements and regulations associated with campsites and camping are also changing rapidly. Update on Racketeering With Revolvers. Headed up to RMNP for another quick overnight in Wild Basin. You may want to note that the best views are from the lake's eastern shore. At 4.3 miles hikers will reach Finch Lake. Thunder Lake and Wild Basin – The Western Edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Hard to even find the trail beginning from Finch lake. There are 3 individual sites and no privy. ", "I highly recommend this hike! At roughly 1.3 miles hikers will arrive at the first trail junction of the day. At almost 3.9 miles you'll cross a footbridge over the stream that feeds Calypso Cascades further down the mountain. The bridge is out so we headed back down to the Lion Lake Junction. Shortly thereafter the trail begins making a sharp descent down towards Finch Lake. Pitch tents as close to the indicated site as possible, safely away from standing dead trees. The sites lie in a thick lodgepole stand on the north side of the trail, just after it crosses North St. Vrain Creek. I would definitely recommend it! Pear Lake is a great destination for solitude, fishing, and mountain views. Finch Lake Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park Finch Lake is a 4.5 mile hike through pines, aspen glades, and wildflower laden meadows to a sub-alpine lake where the forest surrounds its shores. Didn't find that turn off and we kept going until we got to Calypso Cascades. Elk Tooth (12,848 ft, left) and Mt. The hike to Pear Lake begins from the fairly remote Finch Lake Trailhead in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. ", N40 12.507 W105 33.660 — 0.0 miles : Finch Lake Trailhead, N40 12.424 W105 32.841 — .8 miles : Hairpin turn west - trail levels, N40 12.128 W105 33.340 — 1.4 miles : Allenspark Trailhead access split, N40 12.134 W105 33.915 — 2.0 miles : Break in forest with terrific views north, N40 11.973 W105 34.227 — 2.35 miles : Calypso Falls Trail split, N40 11.560 W105 34.683 — 3.0 miles : Undulating travel in subalpine forest, N40 11.291 W105 35.048 — 3.5 miles : Moderate climb in thick spruce-fir forest, N40 11.035 W105 35.291 — 3.95 miles : Sharp right turn downhill, N40 11.051 W105 35.541 — 4.35 miles : Finch Lake - access on east shore, N40 11.026 W105 35.655 — 4.6 miles : Finch Lake - Group Campsite spur, N40 11.015 W105 35.769 — Cross Cony Creek, N40 10.842 W105 36.058 — Steady climb up north side of valley, N40 10.709 W105 36.538 — Pass first of two brackish ponds, N40 10.635 W105 37.123 — Cross Pear Creek to Pear Creek Campsite, N40 10.601 W105 37.412 — 6.5 miles : Pear Lake. The Tohosa site is located 1.7 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,040'. The maintained trail ends on a ridge over Pear Lake, where a spur splits north to backcountry campsites, and a social trail drops around the south shore with views of Mount Copeland and Ogallala Peak (13,138'). The Trail Guide to Finch Lake and Pear Lake includes a trail description, photographs of the trails, comments from our hikes, mileage data, custom Wild Basin topo map, and Finch Lake Trail - Pear Lake Trail tracklog on a geo-pdf map. From the trail, you have good views up Wild Basin toward Mount Copeland (13,176') and Ouzel Peak (12,716'), and north to Mt Meeker (13.911'). Because it was in a low risk zone the national park allowed the low intensity fire to smolder. Turn left onto Highway 7 heading towards Allenspark. Remain on 36 to the Highway 7 intersection. I've hiked a bunch of places in RMNP, and this was by far the most beautiful! 13 Miles Link to GPS track: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/797841a29d8c177ab79cf0dfa0dad88b/ The hike to Thunder Lake begins from the fairly remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. Lakes from the Wild Basin Entrance. From Steve Schweitzer's A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park, flyfishingrmnp.com: Pear Lake Pear Lake was once a reservoir in the early 1900's, being drained to serve water to the immediate Front Range of Colorado. There are 2 individual sites, 1 group site, and a privy. After driving four-tenths of a mile make another right turn into the park. Head Count (how many other hikers I saw): Most people were at Finch Lake, including campers, but there were a few at Pear Lake as well.Nobody at Hutcheson Lakes. The sites are located along the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail, right near where it rejoins the main trail. Made primarily of dirt and rock, the dam raised the volume of water in the natural lake, which was then used by farmers on the Great Plains. This hike passes through an area that sees limited day use. The Lower, Middle and Upper Hutcheson Lakes and Cony Lake can be reached from the unmaintained trail that continues up the south shore of Pear Lake (7.2, 7.5, 8.1 and 8.7 miles from the trailhead, respectively). At roughly 1.4 miles from the trailhead hikers will arrive at the Ypsilon Lake Trail junction. The dam was removed in 1988 leaving a noticeable scar along the boulders and cliff sides around Pear Lake. Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas: Pear Lake: The Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail system leads through the south end of Wild Basin and Rocky Mountain National Park. The first time was last year, and I decided it would be easier to approach from the Pear Lake side, as the Ouzel Lake side looked like more bushwhacking than I wanted to do. ", "Started from the Wild Basin trailhead and camped at the Pear Creek campsite. Only 51 of the 147 lakes in the Park have reproducing populations of fish. The trail that continues straight ahead eventually links-up with the Allenspark Trail. Pear Lake (10,582') is located 6.5 miles from the Finch Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. (WF) designates sites where wood fires are allowed in metal grates, all other sites allow camp stoves only. Cold water temperatures and lack of spawning habitat prevent reproduction in … At just over 1.9 miles hikers will reach an opening in the canopy that offers an outstanding view of 13,911-foot Mount Meeker towards the northwest. 5.6: Arrive at Emerald Lake to the right of the trail and views of Aster Lake, Tokopah Valley to the left of the trail. The trail winds steeply down for .25 miles to the east shore of Finch Lake (4.35 miles), with easier access from the north shore at 4.6 miles (9,912'). Copyright Pear Lake, named for its shape, is reached by hiking 6.6 miles on Finch Lake Trail, passing Finch Lake Campsite. The Finch Lake trail. Date hiked: Summer: 7/31/19; Winter: 12/12/18. Alice, Pilot Mountain, and Tanima Peak flanking the waterways of Wild Basin. Finch Lake Trail past barren Finch Lake is called Pear Lake Trail. This quiet trail in the southern end of Rocky Mountain National Park's Wild Basin area culminates in an idyllic picnic landing next to two sparkling alpine lakes. The trail re-enters a dense spruce-fir forest to a footbridge (3.85 miles : 10,072'). Anglers looking to cast a line must consider things like how far the hike in will be, and if spending the night is a requirement. Pets: Not allowed, as this is all in Rocky Mountain National Park Apparently Moose and Elk sightings are common here as well. Since 1975, native trout have experienced intensive restoration efforts, while non-native fish are being removed and no longer stocked.Supplemental stocking is done only to restore native species. With more than 250,000 acres of wilderness, 124 named peaks and 147 lakes, Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park offers endless outdoor activities including hiking, camping, climbing, elk hunting and, of course, trout fishing. The three trails combined span 5.6 miles from trailhead to Pear Lake over a moderate incline of 1,750 feet. Saw a few other hikers and some horses on the trail, but otherwise fairly empty. Small clearings and ponds to the south are good places to find wildlife, including moose by late summer. Remain on Highway 7 and look for the Wild Basin Trailhead entrance on the left. Some suckers also inhabit the streams and lakes. Note: just watch your footing up there as the snow is deep. There is 1 individual site and no privy. Pear is one of the best I've seen in the park. Length 12.7 mi … Pear Lake was used as a reservoir at one time, but has been more recently restored to its natural water level. Permits may be obtained from the. August 22, 2020. The trail gains 2,110 feet from the trailhead to the 10,580-foot site. The Pear Creek site is located 6.4 miles from Finch Lake Trailhead, or 7.1 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,550'. That was a hike, but well worth it. August 22, 2020 by Darin Gibby. It’s a 6.5 mile, demanding hike through some of the best wildflower country in Rocky Mountain National Park. Anglers looking to cast a line must consider things like how far the hike in will be, and if spending the night is a requirement. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Wildlife sightings are common. 6.2: Continue straight (slight right) at the Pear Lake Ranger Station split off. This administrative fee covers each party (defined as an individual or group) for the duration of the trip. Fires are prohibited. August 21, 2020 Turn left on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead. Red arrowheads on trees provide additional guidance to each campsite from the main trail: The Finch Lake Trailhead is located 2.2 miles west of the turnoff from Highway 7 between the towns of Allenspark and Estes Park. There is 1 individual site and no privy. After passing Finch Lake, the trail makes its way to the higher, Pear Lake where Copeland Mountain appears to shoot straight from its shores into the sky. Rocky Mountain Fly Fisher provides a glimpse of what fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park is all about.. Set up camp at the designated 12 campsites. Allow five to seven hours to backpack to the lake from Finch Lake Trailhead. 6.2: Continue straight (slight right) at the Pear Lake Ranger Station split off. Trail Photos The lake may appear small in photos but it was a pretty decent size with trout rising near the shore. Alice, Thunder Lake has one of the most prized trout stocks in the park with stunning views of Mt. Apparently Moose and Elk sightings are common here as well. Sandbeach Lake.00 .00 Sandbeach Lake Trailhead 1.10 2.40 Bridge at Campers Crk 1.00 3.40 Bridge at Hunters Crk.90 4.30 Sandbeach Lake interval mile location Finch - Pear Lake - from Finch Lake Trailhead.00 .00 Finch Lake Trailhead The trail gains 2,110 feet from the trailhead to the 10,580-foot site. On the edge of one of the most remote 13ers in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Sandbeach Lake.00 .00 Sandbeach Lake Trailhead 1.10 2.40 Bridge at Campers Crk 1.00 3.40 Bridge at Hunters Crk.90 4.30 Sandbeach Lake interval mile location Finch - Pear Lake - from Finch Lake Trailhead.00 .00 Finch Lake Trailhead The Finch Lake site is located 4.6 miles from Finch Lake Trailhead, or 5.3 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,912'. ", "Beautiful lakes - Finch and Pear were gorgeous! At this point in time we decided to go to Pear Lake. Catch and release fishing only in Cony Creek, Cony Lake, The Hutcheson Lakes, Pear Lake, Finch Lake and all related tributaries. Pear Lake, named for its shape, is reached by hiking 6.6 miles on Finch Lake Trail, passing Finch Lake Campsite. With more than 250,000 acres of wilderness, 124 named peaks and 147 lakes, Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park offers endless outdoor activities including hiking, camping, climbing, elk hunting and, of course, trout fishing. We stayed at the Pear Lake campsite, and there was still a bit of snow, but a couple dry, flat spots for the tent. allenspark th, finch lake, hiking rocky mountain national park, pear lake, wild basin, Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us, because unfathomable. My husband and I did it as a 2-day backpacking trip, staying one night at the backcountry campsite at Pear Lake. The trail from Finch to Pear lake gets very few foot traffic due to the distance of the hike making it an excellent place to see wildlife. Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Obtain water from Finch Lake or. Getting to Finch wasn't too bad. Although you can barely tell today, a dam once stood at Pear Lake. Once you've arrived at the lake, you can also see Ogallala Peak (13,138'). The site is located just below treeline at the base of Copeland Mountain in a spruce- fir forest. I've been to most of the 'lower' lakes, but I've decided some of the other 'higher' lakes are in order. Some snow on the trail, but nothing treacherous. Today, I decided to see the lakes that are above Pear Lake. Enos Mills, the "father of Rocky Mountain National Park," enjoyed walking to Lily Lake from his nearby cabin. Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517-8397 Please practice Minimum Impact Usage. We aren't the fastest hikers and we do take breaks so I'm sure it can be done in less time, but it is 12 miles and about 2100 feet of elevation gain. Cross Pear Creek on a plank to reach the site on the north side of the lake. Obtain water from Pear Lake or its outlet. Obtain water from Pear Creek. At roughly 2.3 miles you'll reach the second trail junction on this hike. There are many lakes in this area. Once at the top of the ridge the trail begins tracing through a very beautiful montane forest. Hiked over 17 miles, 3,700 feet of elevation gain, 6 lakes, 1 waterfall, in the northwest section of Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park, Allenspark, Colorado. Otherwise on the way back to the trailhead we only saw a park ranger with a mule at Finch Lake. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek, approx. Campsites at Pear Creek offer somewhat more weather protection than those at Pear Lake. A little history on Pear Lake: The area around the lake with little vegetation is actually the remnants of the “bathtub ring” from when it was dammed and underwater in the early 1900’s. Considerable amount of snow between Finch and Pear. Dogs are not permitted on hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Wild Basin Area can be closed or have limited accessibility during winter months, so it's always a good idea to call the visitor center in advance of your trip. I was pretty tired and my stomach wasn't feeling so great. This beautiful subalpine lake offers great views of Ogalalla Peak and Mt. Hiking Allenspark & Finch Lake-Pear Lake Trails in Winter. Please read this Disclaimer / Privacy Policy before using any information on this site. There is 1 individual site and no privy. He gave the lake its' name after noticing that it looked like a plump pear. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek, approximately 200 yards downhill from the site. Everything was very green; there were a few bugs, but nothing a little bug spray didn't fix. As you might expect the views from the shore are quite awesome. A food storage cable is located 20 steps up the access trail in a small clearing on the left, and parallel to the trail. The trail branching off to the left leads back to the Allenspark Trailhead. A $20 Day Use Fee is required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park (or $30 for a 7 Day Pass). Accessible trail and fishing pier. Finally we crossed Pear Creek and saw a change in landscape ahead. It rained a little bit in the early evening, and was VERY windy over night and into the next day, but only dropped to the upper 40s - low 50s. Allenspark Trail is a a trail that starts at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Allenspark, CO. Thunder Lake and Wild Basin – The Western Edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. I wanted to go to the Hutcheson lakes above Pear, but after all the hikes this summer I was completely worn out. Since 1975, native trout have experienced intensive restoration efforts, while non-native fish are being removed and no longer stocked.Supplemental stocking is done only to restore native species. We started hiking at 7:30 am and finished at 4:30 pm. August 22, 2020 by Darin Gibby. From Estes Park, Colorado, head south for 11 miles on Highway 7 to the Wild Basin Trailhead on your right hand side. The dam failure led to the removal of three other man-made dams within the park, including Pear Lake, Sandbeach Lake and Bluebird Lake. To ditch the crowds just head south to the Wild Basin Entrance off CO-7. Horses are also able to use this trail. I wanted to go to the Hutcheson lakes above Pear, but after all the hikes this summer I was completely worn out. Lily Lake offers splendid views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker amid rocky outcrops. Highest Elevation: 10,165 ( Total Elevation gain around 1900Ft) Trail Length: Officially 8.2 miles but we wandered around the lake a lot so we ended up with 9 miles total, it took us approx. You'll pass quite a few ponderosa pines, as well as several groves of aspens, making this a great choice for a fall hike. This was likely because Pear Lake is seven miles from the Finch Lake trail head, and then the Hutcheson Lakes are three more miles from there. The three trails combined span 5.6 miles from trailhead to Pear Lake over a moderate incline of 1,750 feet. Turn right on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead. There is no backcountry camping available at nearby Hutcheson lakes (9 miles from the Finch Lake Trailhead in Wild Basin), making Pear Lake an excellent base camp for forays to Lower, Middle, and Upper Hutcheson lakes. However, if you look closely, you may notice a "bathtub" ring on some of the boulders that surround the lake. The first time was last year, and I decided it would be easier to approach from the Pear Lake side, as the Ouzel Lake side looked like more bushwhacking than I wanted to do. Check out these 10 can't-miss spots. However, I spent most of the hike to the lake feeling pretty bad. @ document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); RockyMountainHikingTrails.com. Starting Elevation: 8526Ft. 6.75: Arrive at Pear Lake. Note that park entrance fees are applied separately and in full. A $20 Day Use Fee is required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park (or $30 for a 7 Day Pass). 4 hours total Trail Uses: Hiker only Degree of difficulty: Moderate Bathrooms: None. I was pretty tired and my stomach wasn't feeling so great. The Pear Creek Backcountry Campsite is about .4 mile from Pear Lake. This lightly used trail is highlighted by aspen groves, Finch Lakeand long stretches of moss-draped forests en route to the lake. Fifth Lake * Paradise Creek drainage * Hidden Valley Beaver Ponds and Hidden Valley Creek (open 8/1 to 3/31) * Pear Lake and Creek * Lake Husted * Roaring River * Lake Louise * Sandbeach Lake and Creek * Lawn Lake * Spruce Lake * Lily Lake * Timber Lake and Creek * * Loomis Lake * Upper Hutchenson Lake * Lost Lake * * Greenback Cutthroat Trout From the Finch Lake Trailhead in Wild Basin, Pear Lake is a moderate 7.0-mile hike each way to an elevation of 10.582 feet, with an elevation gain of 2,102 feet. Lakes from the Wild Basin Entrance. Finch Lake - Pear Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park. The North St Vrain site is located 3.5 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,560'. We didn't see any people going up and once we got to Finch Lake we only saw a couple of people. Simply walk about 20 or 30 yards towards your left once you arrive at the lakeshore for the most scenic views. Set up camp at the designated 12 campsites. Todays hike was in the Wild Basin area of RMNP. The lake is calm and tranquil, and can be accessed at many points with beach-like gravel and sand shores. The Trail Guide to Finch Lake and Pear Lake includes a trail description, photographs of the trails, comments from our hikes, mileage data, custom Wild Basin topo map, and Finch Lake Trail - Pear Lake Trail tracklog on a geo-pdf map. Well-spaced trees create good viewing lanes for wildlife on this fast stretch. On the edge of one of the most remote 13ers in Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail are essentially the same trail. While enjoying the lake we came across one couple on their way to Hutcheson lakes. The Pine Ridge site is located 1.4 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 8,880'. Pear Lake is seen looking W, with Copeland Mountain behind. At roughly 2.5 miles from the trailhead you'll begin passing through a section of trail that was burned during the Ouzel Fire, which was started by a lightning strike on August 9, 1978. Hiking Allenspark & Finch Lake-Pear Lake Trails in Winter. over many portions of the trail, and actually had a deer circle around us as we ate lunch up at Pear Lake. Strollers permitted. Fifth Lake * Paradise Creek drainage * Hidden Valley Beaver Ponds and Hidden Valley Creek (open 8/1 to 3/31) * Pear Lake and Creek * Lake Husted * Roaring River * Lake Louise * Sandbeach Lake and Creek * Lawn Lake * Spruce Lake * Lily Lake * Timber Lake and Creek * * Loomis Lake * Upper Hutchenson Lake * Lost Lake * * Greenback Cutthroat Trout Populations of at least four species of trout exist in the park - brown, brook, rainbow, and cutthroat. The Aspen Knoll site is located 2.3 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,400'. East Troublesome Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Camp safely away from dead trees, as close as possible to the silver metal arrowhead posted at each site. My tent is the tiny red speck on the right. [Large version (2975 KB)] Rocky Mountain National Park: The High Peaks Access isn't always easy, which means fewer crowds, but there are a few stellar options close to trailheads. Credit: Logan Abbott. Overall an absolutely beautiful lake with very few visitors. To ditch the crowds just head south to the Wild Basin Entrance off CO-7. Pear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. A food storage cable is about 8 steps past the spur to site #1. In the winter the trail around the lake is often suitable for walking in boots, or as a short snowshoe or ski. My husband and I were surprised at how few people we encountered on the trail. From there you can follow the St. Vrain Creek to Ouzel Lake, Bluebird Lake, Thunder Lake, and Pear Lake.Each lake has its own special qualities, which usually include dramatic mountain scenery and massive boulder-laced shoreline. The following morning we did the very short hike up to Pear Lake and were awarded with breathtaking scenery with perfectly blue skies. 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