I haven't been to Lake Isabelle in 2 years because the hordes of people, oh the hordes of people. Last time I went I took Strummy and looking back on the pictures I can't believe how old he looked. When we lost him it was such a shock because he didn't seem old at all and while he certainly didn't act old it appears that he had aged a lot physically and I was so close to it that I didn't even realize it. Kind of shocking how that works.
Anyway, school is back in session so the crowds have died down a bit and apparently Wednesday is the new day of the week that you have to hit the trails if you want some peace so Jonny took the day off and we headed for the hills. We even got a parking space in the lot at the trailhead, something that hasn't happened in maybe 10-15 years. Usually we have a 12-15 minute hike from a lower parking lot. Doesn't seem like a lot until you have to do it on the way back after an already long hike and it's thundering. We ended up giving a ride back down to the parking lot to a fellow Boulderite who had 2 visitors from Boston with him. They were struggling with the altitude and were thankful not to have to hike that extra bit.
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.
It was like the good old days out there, quiet and peaceful, some people but not too many. I didn't realize this was even possible anymore.
The hike to the lake is fairly short and easy (took us 50 minutes). We continued on a trail that goes above the lake because there are amazing wildflowers up there and I've seen a moose up there.
Still a lot of wildflowers. Normally the aspens start to turn yellow by now but I barely saw any. Fall is taking it's time this year.
There's an alpine bench and some nice tundra at just under 12,000' but we didn't go all the way up to it. The trail is getting eroded and it's steep and rocky. The view up there is o.k. and if you really want a workout you can go another 45 minutes or so on the moon rocks and go up to Pawnee Pass. We got close to the bench and decided we'd had enough of the steep loose rock. We've both been up there zillions of times.
It's hard to take a bad picture up there. I accidentally left my camera behind so these were taken with Jonny's cell phone which is older and not super fancy.
It's perhaps my favorite trail on a quiet day. It's weird to think that that could be my last time on that trail.