Last weekend we camped for a few days at Trappers Lake (here in Colorado, about 50 miles east of Meeker). The campground is at an elevation of 9800 feet, and we hiked up to timberline. The weekend started out rainy and cold, but each day was a bit better and warmer - and less rain! Our son, his wife and 2 small grandkids joined us. It was their first wilderness camping trip! I should note that the ice didn't come off of the lake until about the 1st of June. My husband went up to check the lake almost every weekend. It's one of his favorite lakes to fish, especially right after the ice comes off. Since the lake is in a wilderness area, no motorized boats are allowed, however you can pack canoes and small pontoons to the lake. We have small pontoons that are a chore to get to the lake, but lots of fun once you get there. Its so peaceful and quiet!
I should note that a large portion of the forest burned about 7 years ago, it was a devastating fire. A few pine trees survived, but not many. Sadly the pine beetles seem to be getting the remaining pine trees. Our hikes of course take us through all the burned stands of trees and its encouraging to see new growth and new pine trees. But even after 7 years, the new pine trees are not very big, only about 10-12 inches or so, very small still.
One of the inlets to the lake.
Stormy first day
Hiking above Trappers Lake to one of the "walls"
Trappers is in the Flattops wilderness area.
The mountain "wall" around the lake is called the China wall
Hike down to the lake from Scots Bay
Some fish my hubbie caught.
Native Colorado Cutthroat, he thinks this one was a female, since it was paler than is typical
A couple brookies, they were mighty fine eating!
We believe in roughing it! My two year old granddaughter is in the doorway!