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11.8 mile 18.9 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,070' 326 m
Descent: -1,065' -325 m
High: 11,022' 3,360 m
Low: 10,570' 3,222 m

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Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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A high elevation run visiting around 20 alpine lakes in the Snowy Range Mountains.

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Overview

The route is mostly not too hard save for a couple small talus fields. This run is mainly all in the open, so there are great views the entire time especially of the multitude of alpine lakes.

Description

Park at the Brooklyn Lake Trailhead and head out on Sheep Lake Trail #389. Follow this well-maintained trail until a junction around 3.9 miles, where you'll take a left on to Gap Lakes Trail #108.

Follow this trail all the way until the Gap lakes, where the trail slightly disappears across a short talus/boulder field. Just aim for the visible trail shortly past this talus/boulder field, and you'll be fine. Once on this trail, you'll come across another trail junction where you take another left toward Brooklyn Lake on the Lost Lake Trail #395; it is about 3.5 miles back to the trailhead.

There are a couple short turn offs along the trail that you can do if you want to visit more alpine lakes.

Enjoy the alpine lakes at every turn and the abundant wildlife! At this elevation, the trail is usually manageable with low to no snow early July until early to mid-October.

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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#955

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Eric Thomas
Colorado
Eric Thomas   Colorado
Awesome linkup. Pay attention to the signage as it's easy to miss a turn (at least if you're doing this in the evening). The suggested direction of counter-clockwise is clutch as the lakes will become more and more magical. The only plus side of doing the other direction is that it's more rocky on the Lost Lakes Trail and you may want to do that when you have more energy. Sep 4, 2018

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