Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
From the intersection with Venable Trail
, Comanche rises on narrow, exposed trail another 300'. Once you attain the saddle, however, the trail becomes very mellow. Perhaps too mellow for some, who might seek to bag three nearby peaks - Venable, Spring, and Comanche; all walk-ups.
If you decided to bag the three nearby 13ers, good on you. If not, no worries, you got some good views too.
From the saddle between Spring Mountain and Comanche Peak, the trail descends into Hiltman Creek Basin with expansive views to the lake and valleys below. Once you reach Comanche Lake, stop running, find a spot to camp (preferably near the lake), and take in the views. From this vantage, Comanche Peak looks absolutely epic.
In the morning, after you've awoken from your slumber, the trail continues northeast back into the trees. The trail traverses large talus fields and dives in and out of large aspen groves. This would especially be beautiful in the fall.
Although a lot of this trail is below treeline, it's still absolutely beautiful. It's mellow, fast, and seems well-maintained. Before you know it, you'll be back at the Venable/Comanche Trailhead drinking a beer!
Aspen, Pika, Marmot.