Tuhare Lakes Route
ElevationAscent: 860' 262 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,379' 3,773 m
Low: 11,520' 3,511 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A short, but spectacular, spur route off of Fall Creek Trail #2001.”— Caroline Cordsen
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Follow this faint and seldom-runed route as it traces the Fall Creek drainage towards its source. Soon straining above treeline, waterfalls cascade across the cliffs. Near the lower lake, the drainage narrows before pulling out onto more exposed terrain where cairns mark the route.
At lower Tuhare Lake, the upper basin comes into view. From here, head north, and carefully navigate the fragile tundra towards the more rugged upper basin. Though not much of a trail exists between them, only 0.5 miles separates the two lakes. Where the tundra ends, wrap back to the west and run onto the rocky lip of the basin where an easy route threads the rocks to the lakeside.
At 12,400 feet, the upper lake sits about 300 feet higher than the lower lake. Here, views of the Gore Range open towards the east.
Though I couldn't spot the trail, Tuhare Lakes is rumored to be another access point to Holy Cross Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross. Looking at the basin walls, a helmet would be a good idea.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District