Estes Park, CO, Lake Trail and Estes Cone Trail: 9/25 – 9/28/18

We have three more full days in Estes until we hit the road again.  Back in June when we were here, Scott dropped me off by Estes Park Lake, and I walked around half of it.  I was determined to walk around the entire lake before we exited the area again.  Scott agreed to come with me this time as he had NEVER walked around this lake before.  Here is another wildlife warning sign.

F4150913-6502-4CA4-B137-203711A4133BOn the northeastern side of Estes Lake there is a dam that controls the flow of water into the Big Thompson River.  We had to go around it in order to get to the other side of the lake.  Here is a look at the part of the dam that regulates the flow of water.

C92E0CAC-EAFD-49EA-B0CC-AF190743F56EAt regular intervals around the lake trail, there are work out stations designed for different parts of the body.  I’ve never seen anybody use them, but what a cool idea!

98137B10-776D-4C06-8DE9-C183D66B0E7CThe marina is located on the north side of the lake and was still in full swing even though it was late September.   Scott took my picture so you can see the view of the lake looking across at Highway 36.


50F567B3-CF80-46CF-8F85-7DC00203AFEDWe continued on the trail and met a man who was photographing birds.  He gave us some tips for places to see the changing Aspen leaves.  Here is a shot of the western edge of Estes Lake where the water flows in from Big Thomson River.

208949B3-0F96-4A39-959E-A07E408208BBFinally, we are back on the western side of Lake Estes, a popular spot for Elk ruts.



The next day, we headed over to Lily Lake to hike to Estes Cone.  This was a 3.4 mile one-way hike.



8398F56A-6EC6-4B87-AA7F-46749DED9F4114636472-05CA-4078-A471-0F0E033F8D112816DBBD-66A9-4860-8A8A-F055FC47C8D7I wasn’t in the best of moods today, and this hike was uphill the entire way.  I stopped more than normal, and was a bit cranky.  Scott offered to turn around, but I wanted to continue. I was happy when we saw the sign indicating that the peak was only .7 mile more.

7A7257B1-00B8-48E8-9B17-41D999448CE0The last half mile was the steepest section with rocky switchbacks, but I actually enjoyed this part more that the first three miles.  As we got closer to the top, there was more than one way to get to the peak.  Since there were other people scattered about, Scott and I took another route up along large rocks.   We got to the top and enjoyed the view and our lunch.


Trouble began on our initial descent.   I was behind Scott climbing down the same large rocks we had climbed up, and I was facing forward.  In hindsight, I should have gone down backwards.  My left arm extended back farther than it should have, and I felt a pull on my bad shoulder…again.  🙁   At this point, I wasn’t cranky, I was hurting.  It felt like 7 miles back down vs. a mere 3.4.  We did not take anymore pictures today.

The next day was a day of rest.  I dropped off Scott at his dad’s house late morning, and I went to the Recreation Center for a swim and a long shower.  I spent two hours after the shower catching up on my Blog.  It’s getting more challenging to find good WIFI which is needed in order to upload pictures and add to the sight.  I had to redo one blog recently as it somehow got erased.  I became so frustrated that I almost quit this process altogether.  But, alas, I am still at it!

On Friday, September 28th, we had to say our goodbyes to Mama and Papa.  We are heading south to Southern Utah and then to the Grand Canyon.


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