The trail head sits at just about 8400 ft elevation and gains almost 1500 feet over 5.5 miles. There are numerous sets of stone stairs to climb over the course of the trail. The views are incredible and several folks we met on the trail had seen moose (even right on the trial!), though we did not. Fishing on East Inlet Creek in the meadow looks wonderful and we saw many trout in Lone Pine Lake.
|We turned a corner and were presented with this beautiful sight:
East Inlet Creek flowing through a gorgeous meadow.
Our trail heads up the left side of the valley before us
|This little guy seemed to be posing for a photo!
|We've started to climb and the view back down the valley toward Grand Lake is spectacular!
|Once we started climbing we had immense rock walls on our left, aspens provided shade,
and wonderful views into the valley on our right.
|The canyon walls opposite us were slabs of rock broken up by
pine beetle damaged forest.
|One of many sections of stone stairs...
Stairway to Heaven?
|East Inlet Creek is one of several creeks in the area that feed into the Colorado River.
|Lone Pine Lake
|Here's one more shot of this gorgeous valley in the better afternoon lighting.