(Last Updated On: April 20, 2015)
The Three Lakes Trail can be another good fall hike. The colors here tend to peak right at the end of September or beginning of October. This day that my friend Susan and I decided to hike the Three Lakes loop, happened to be my birthday. It also happened to be the first day of the season that we received significant snowfall – although our hike was completed before the true snow actually hit.
In reality, the day was gloomy. Clouds hovered low in the sky and the world was darkened by a blanket of gray. Although mists of rain passed through, it was not pouring. Snow had hit the high peaks, but not down low. It’s easy to hide inside in a warm cocoon on days like this. But, sometimes it’s better to just head outside. Susan and I chose the Three Lakes trail for it’s fall scenery and because we knew it would be low enough to be below the clouds.
A view of Lost Lake Slough.
A water fall hovers higher up on the southern side of Lost Lake Slough.
Clouds lingered on the peaks, obscuring them. East Beckwith was shrouded in mist.
Marcellina emerged from the fog for a bit.
Despite the gloom, the fall colors were inviting.
Next stop: Dollar Lake. The lake is bedded on the slopes below East Beckwith. This day, the scene was calm and serene.
When we crossed the waterfall, we decided to ascend up along it.
View of Lost Lake Slough and Marcellina as we ascended.
Susan climbing with the world in muted colors.
The waterfall cascades over a series of benches like this one.
Susan enjoying the rather Pacific-Northwest-style scene.
Lost Lake and Lost Lake Slough behind.
After descending from the waterfall, we continued along our clockwise loop, stopping to enjoy Lost Lake along the way.
Our hike finished where we began, at Lost Lake – cradled in the slopes of the mountains.
As we continued our short walk back to the car which was parked and the horse-trailer lot, the rain came. This time it was more than a mist. Soon, we would be leaving the fall for a taste of winter.
The Three Lakes Trail near Crested Butte is a fairly short hike and great for people of all abilities. The colors should still be good for at least another week. So, get out there and enjoy the last bits of fall!
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