Earlier this year, on January 1st, we went for a hike up to the Mills Lake. My daughter brought her skates with her and had pretty perfect skate experience on this alpine lake. As much as you can have such experience, with all the little cracks and crevices, and with ice making those weird noises… It was a perfect way to start a new year!
Fresh one from a hike earlier today. Went almost all the way to the Frozen Lake, it’s probably another 3 or so miles from this spot, straight up there in the mountains. On the way you have to pass the Mills Lake. All under good solid ice right now.
Today we had fantastic day at the Rocky Mountain National Park. Got up early, drove up to the Glacier Gorge parking lot and did 6.6 miles loop in snowy wilderness. Thst parking is a good one to start hiking for Black Lake or Mills Lake if you are not up to extra few miles of more difficult terrain. Jewel Lake is right next to the Mills Lake, so it’s no brainer to hit it before turning back.
It was super windy there, but fresh snow and blue skies made it much more enjoyable.
I took this one somewhere maybe three quarters of the way to Mills Lake, while we were still protected by the trees.
I’ll be posting a few short video clips to my Instagram, so follow me up there as well.
Right at about 10000 feet still solidly frozen. It was very windy in the open, all that white powedery stuff in the air is snow blown by the wind. Awesome hike. Probably next I make that way it will be melted and have completely different view.
Back on January 1st 2016 we went for hike in the Rocky Mountains National Park and decided to snow shoe to the Mills Lake. This hike is not as busy as other hikes that start from Bear Lake trailhead.
This was somewhere midway between the trailhead the the Mills Lake.
Here were are actually walking on the frozen surface of the Mills Lake, heading towards the Jewel Lake. You can see the Longs Peak, one of the 14K in Colorado. It is actually not the one to the right, but slightly to the left. From this angle, the one to the right looks more massive and taller but it is not the case.