Blazing Trails - Hope Lake - Telluride, CO (Part 2)
I’m back with more Colorado magic to share! This particular hiking trail has it all - gorgeous wildflowers, rushing streams, dense woods, spectacular views, huge waterfalls, dramatic snowy peaks, and an alpine lake that sits above treeline - Hope Lake. Not to mention that between the steep inclines, rocky terrain, and high altitude (over 11,000 ft) - it’s a kick-butt workout!
^^^View of Trout Lake on the bumpy ride up to the trail head.
^^^We didn’t think we would, but we made it to the trail head! Be prepared for a bumpy ride with switchbacks and make sure to have a vehicle with some clearance.
^^^Setting out onto the trail
^^^Mid-hike stretch break
^^^We made it to the top!
^^^This is what 11,000 ft above DC looks like
^^^I found a tree above tree line :)
I highly recommend bringing lots of water, snacks, and sandwiches on this hike so you can enjoy a leisurely lunch up at the lake. I would budget about 1 to 1.5 hours to make it up there. To fuel you in the morning, might I recommend the following:
A breakfast burrito from The Butcher and the Baker - get there early before they run out. They had the genius to add sweet potato to their burrito and I’ll never be the same again.
While they also have amazing coffee, I would walk down the block and grab my coffee from the Coffee Cowboy - so hip they serve out of an airstream trailer, so absolutely delicious that you’ll bring a bag or two home with you.