Tag Archives: Estes Park

Cub Lake Trail In Rocky Mountain National Park Is Spectacular With Views And Wildflowers!

 

Cub Lake Trail has always been one of my favorite hikes. There is just so much diversity! Every time we go there there is something new to see.

This spring/summer is incredible! The views with the snowy mountains in the background and the array of different wildflowers takes your breath away. It is just so gorgeous!

You can hike part of the way or all of the way to Cub Lake…or even do the Cub Lake-Fern Lake Loop. They are all spectacular!

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Old Hidden Fireplace Right Off TheTrail At Lily Lake In RMNP

 

Phil and I have walked around Lily Lake hundreds of times in the past few years. We usually take the old dirt road to the left of the parking lot because the meadows down there are filled with beautiful wildflowers. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so it’s more secluded.

The other day we were walking around Lily Lake and I happened to look up into the woods right before the trail breaks off to go to Estes Cone to the left and Lily Lake to the right. About 10 yards away in the woods I saw this old fireplace. It wasn’t even that deep in the trees. I can’t believe we had never seen it before!

We took a few pictures and I figured I’d do a little research when I got home to find out what once stood there. Maybe an old lodge? Or someone’s home?

After looking online I couldn’t find any information. Does anyone out there know anything about this old fireplace? It would be fun to know what  was once there.

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Delicate Little Fairy Slipper By The Stream In The Woods In Rocky Mountain National Park

 

One of my favorite wildflowers is the Fairy Slipper. I used to see them back east so it is a big treat to see them out here too.

The Fairy Slipper grows from a bulb to be about 5″ tall and has but one leaf and one flower. It loves to grow in moist areas, especially forests. It is a beautiful and endangered species.

The flower is pink with 5 small petals above the “slipper.” I think it is just exquisite!

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There Are A Lot of Perfect Photo Ops In Rocky Mountain National Park!

 

Phil and I were out hiking on one of our favorite trails the other day and were astounded at how many gorgeous wildflowers there were already blooming. The rain and snow in April and May must have watered them pretty well. They were just spectacular!

I remember this same photo-op spot last fall when the mountains had just gotten snow and the grasses were all a golden color. We thought it was so pretty then.

But these fields and fields of wildflowers (Yellow Banner, Larkspur and more) just took our breath away. I bet I spent more time on the ground taking pictures than hiking! Ha!

I thought it would be fun to take the same picture of Phil but with “summer” in the background instead of fall. You can see the Mummy Range  is still pretty covered with snow. No matter where you go in Rocky Mountain National Park it sure is beautiful!

 

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Put Your “Used Fishing Line” In The Appropriate Containers At Lake Estes And Other Lakes

It breaks my heart when I see a bird tangled up in “used” fishing line, unable to get free. Sometimes they can get free and sometimes they are just too scared. We saw a Great Blue Heron with some used fishing line tangled around his beak back east on Cape Cod. He was unable to eat and too scared to let anyone help him. He could still fly, but his chances of survival were pretty slim.

So when I saw the “Used Fishing Line” containers at Lake Estes I thought they were a great idea. When fishermen finish with their line or it breaks, they can put it in these containers and not just throw it on the ground or in the water. This way the birds won’t get all tangled up.

With the lake thawed and the warmer weather here, I thought it be a good idea to show you what one of these containers looks like just in case you go fishing there or anywhere else. This one is between two trash cans so it is very easy to see. So, look for the “Used Fishing Line” containers and save some birds!

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