Dream Lake Hike (Jan 27, 2015)

We had our heads down "working" at home when we learned that Tim and Karen, recent transplants to Colorado, were heading up to Rocky the next day, and asked if we wanted to join them on a winter hike.

We happily accepted their invitation, and recommended they purchase MicroSpikes for traction on the ice and snow. We also suggested a hike from Bear Lake, to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lakes. This hike is fairly easy, and has a lot of bang for the buck!

Somewhere above Dream Lake we lost the main trail to Emerald, and though we were very close, we can't quite claim we made it all the way. But at least we got them up above 10,000 feet, a hiking first for Karen (though not for Tim, as he and I had hiked Estes Cone recently).

Here are some photos from the hike.

Frozen over Nymph Lake with Hallett Peak in background

The trail above Nymph Lake

Tim and Karen on their way up

Dream Lake, with Hallett and Flattop Mountains

Bubbles in frozen Dream Lake
Karen, Susan and Tim on the trail

Almost made it to Emerald Lake

Tim and Karen above Dream Lake
Longs Peak and Glacier Gorge, viewed from the trail below Dream Lake

Karen on the way down

Looking down on Nymph Lake

After the hike, we decided to stop by and show them Sprague Lake. We did a quick walk around the lake with them.

Looking toward the divide across frozen Sprague Lake

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