Through the course of the summer, I’d been meaning to make the hike to Yule Lakes. But, repeatedly, I had be shut down by weather or time restrictions in my schedule. When I made plans with my friend Sonya to hike to Yule Lakes the week prior, I was half expecting some sort of scenario to shut my hike down again. But, this time, the weather was perfect and my time was open. And Sonya and I embarked in the morning on what was to become a fantastic day of exploration.
Eventually, we saw a trail marked with a cairn. This trail was not on my map. But, given the many people that make the trek to Yule Lakes from Crested Butte, I was expecting to see a trail of some sort. The trail climbed up toward Treasure.
For our return route, we stayed along a bench which contours the length of Treasure. A faint trail was present at times, others not. But it led us straight back to the stream crossing where we lost the trail at the beginning of our hike. From there, we followed the trail back to Yule Pass.
Sonya and I only had time to explore one lake in a series of four others. Collectively, they are called Yule Lakes. Many choose to camp near the shores of the lakes, and the area is undeniably perfect for a backpacking trip. I can’t wait to get back and explore this area more! Thanks Sonya for joining me on a great hike!