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Sprague Lake‏

November 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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Today’s warm weather meant that I still had time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park one more time this year in comfort.

I knew that most roads at higher elevations would already be closed because of snow and ice. But I figured on driving to the Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead at 8400 feet and hiking up to Cub Lake at 8600. Too late; they had also closed that road for the season.

Anyway, the ranger at the entrance gate had told me that people had seen moose near Sprague Lake on the Bear Lake Road. The sightings were a week ago, “but they are still in the area,” he said.

That was enough for me to change my plans. Moose are rare in the eastern part of the park. I had seen moose only in the northern section near the Cache la Poudre River, west of Fort Collins.

While I didn’t have great hopes of seeing moose today, I like hiking around Sprague Lake and decided to give it a shot. It’s even higher than Cub Lake and part of the trail was icy. And no moose were hanging around in plain view for me to see.

No matter. This view of the mostly frozen lake with the Continental Divide as a background was my first reward.

Sprague Lake at 8,700 Feet with Hallett's Peak at 12,700 Feet (Right of Center)

Sprague Lake at 8,700 Feet with Hallett's Peak at 12,700 Feet (Right of Center)

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I hiked back to my SUV along the brook that feeds the lake and marveled at how clear the stream was. Just then I spotted a school of brook trout and got my second reward.

Brook Trout in a Brook

Brook Trout in a Brook

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How’s that for clarity!


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  • 1 Gretchen // Nov 11, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Clear water like that is a rarity today! How nice to know it still exists somewhere.

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