By Justin Mier

Sunrise Over Dream Lake

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS REBEL T1i
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Nearest Area
Rocky Mountain National Park
Town
Estes Park
Brief Directions

Drive the length of Bear Lake Road in RMNP and hike approximately 2 miles to Dream Lake. The trail is well maintained in summer but harder to negotiate in the winter.

Notes

I'd recommend more experience then what I had hiking because I almost got lost quite a few times.

Description

It was February and I’ve never snow shoed before so I made sure that the lodge I stayed at provided access to snow shoes that I could rent or borrow. When I arrived at the hotel (shortly after six PM) the place was completely vacant – so much so that I thought they forgot I had a room for the night. There was a number on the front door so I called it and the owner answered and assured me he had my reservation and had just left the key to my room sitting next to the door. I told him that all sounded good but what about the snow shoes – he said those to were just sitting out back in an unlocked crate and I could pick my shoes and my hiking poles. The seclusion of the hike added to the beauty (although I did get lost a couple times in the darkness) and reaching this spot ahead of sunrise was worth the early wake up call.

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Date Added
February 27, 2013
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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