Gap Lakes Trail – August

The last time we hiked this trail in the Snowy Range (Medicine Bow National Forest) was in June last year. In August, it looks quite a bit different with much less snow and an abundance of wildflowers. We were amazed at the number of meadows covered with flowers at this time of year; however, considering that the altitude on the highest point of the trail is 11,120 feet, it makes sense.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Because we had very little snow left, we hiked a little farther than last year … to the point where Quealy Lake trail branches off to the West. We had lunch at a small creek when the weather started rolling in. Initially, we had planned to hike to Deep Lake … another 1 1/4 mile from where we stopped for lunch. We decided to play it safe and turned around. The last thing you want to do is get caught in a thunderstorm in the mountains!

Quealy Creek

Lunch Time

On the way, we got to enjoy views of several lakes: Libby Lake, Lewis Lake, Klondyke Lake, South Gap Lake, North Gap Lake and Crescent Lake. We met some picas, and we saw birds of prey in addition to many different wildflowers in full bloom. It was a beautiful hike, very scenic and peaceful. 

Gap Lakes

Gap Lakes

Crescent Lake