Mills Lake

September 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

While in Colorado last month, I visited Rocky Mountain National Park twice or more a week. I explored much more of the park than ever before. In addition to taking full advantage of photography opps, I did quite a bit of hiking.

My favorite hike was Mills Lake. If you've ever seen the back side of a Colorado quarter, you've seen Mills Lake!

The hike is moderate, a bit over 5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. The incline is very gradual and pleasant.

The Approach to Mills Lake

If you plan to take in some RMNP hikes, you need to know about this website - http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com

So much useful information!

Other tips for enjoying park hikes during peak summer season:

  • Go early! The parking lots fill by 8-9 am.
  • Go early if you want that peaceful serene experience. I started hikes by 7 am and was on my way down when everyone else was going up. It was perfect!
  • Go early! It's cooler.
  • Pack water and snacks.
  • Don't feed the critters.
  • Breathe in that mountain air.
  • Listen to the sounds of nature.
  • Really look at where you are - it's amazing!
  • Be ready to answer "How much further to the lake?", the mountain equivalent of "Are we there yet?"

My 2nd favorite hike? The Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake and Haiyaha Lake circuit.


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