ElevationAscent: 1,972' 601 m
Descent: -1,972' -601 m
High: 11,370' 3,466 m
Low: 9,412' 2,869 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A great destination any time of year, but especially wonderful in Sept. for brilliant fall colors”— Megan W
Just as you begin to suffer from aspen splendor overload, the trail abruptly enters a shady evergreen forest and the grade eases. There are still a few steep pitches through the woods but overall this is where you can recover a bit. The path surface becomes rockier in the woods but the trail is well maintained with deadfall promptly removed. Cross through a couple of grassy meadows where wildflowers thrive and wildlife is often spotted.
Round a spine to head west and enter the Devaney Creek drainage. Here, enjoy a handful of joyous steps of downhill travel. This soon ends as the trail angles up steeply again for the last push to the lake. Emerge from the woods into an alpine wonderland of scree, distant peaks and intense sunlight. Navigate a couple of short talus fields on the way to the water's edge. The small green lake is bounded on two sides by cliffs and rock slides where chirpy pika make their homes. A series of faint secondary trails wind over the banks to reach fishing spots, campsites and viewpoints. It is hard to find a more scenic place for a snack and quiet contemplation.
Horses are allowed on this trail, but there is little evidence of their usage.
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Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells