Helen Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 314' 96 m
Descent: -118' -36 m
High: 5,103' 1,555 m
Low: 4,897' 1,493 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A fantastic trail along a lake, up through forests, and alpine meadows to a picturesque alpine lake.”— Jake Bramante
The trail continues along the shoreline and eventually breaks away from the lake to move up the valley. For the rest of the trip, it's more of the open meadows and sparse subalpine fir. At one point, you get to see Old Sun Glacier clinging to the top of one of Glacier's six 10,000+ foot summits, Mt. Merritt and the waterfalls descending from it.
Eventually, the head of the valley comes into view. Ahern Pass is straight ahead with Ahern Peak and Ahern Glacier forming the headwall. Helen Lake is tucked below this wall and is fed by waterfalls from the snowfields and glaciers above.
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