August 12, 2018 ~ The hike to Roosevelt Lakes and Beartrack Lakes in Arapaho National Forest, technically these lakes are in the Mount Evans Wilderness, is an interesting hike, and deceptively long. For me this turned out to be a 14.5 mile roundtrip hike. This is basically the headwaters for Bear Creek, and is aptly named, I did see a black bear about a half hour from the trailhead; it was a cub black bear.
July 15, 2017 ~ St. Louis Lake is a high alpine lake that sits right at tree line. For me, the weather was perfect, big blue skies, great panoramic views and a few big white puffy clouds racing by. There is dispersed camping at and near the lake. It's very peaceful there. Once on the actual trail the trail spends a good amount of time skirting the St. Louis Creek. At this time of the year, it was still full, but not a raging torrent so it made the hike all the more relaxing. The wildflowers are in full bloom along the trail, lots of blues, yellows, reds - it's very pretty at this time of year.
June 13, 2015 ~ The hike along Hell's Hole Trail proved to be the calendar point-in-time when the hiking season can officially start - that being mid-to-late June. I'm able to get further into the mountains without snowshoes. There is still some snow left at this time of year; Spring is starting to pop, it was a beautiful sunny day.