Summit Lake Park

August 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Here are a few pictures from Summit Lake Park, just below Mt. Evans in Colorado. 

 

First up: goats!

 

Line of Goats, Summit LakeLine of Goats, Summit LakeSummit Lake Park, on the way to Mt. Evans, Colorado, summer 2014.

 

Here's just a slice of the lake against the lower-slopes of Mt. Spalding:

 

Summit Lake and Mt. Spalding Lower SlopesSummit Lake and Mt. Spalding Lower SlopesSummit Lake Park, on the way to Mt. Evans, Colorado, summer 2014.

 

Here's the trail leading to the park office, with the ridge between Mt. Spalding and Mt. Warren behind it:

 

Summit Lake Park OfficeSummit Lake Park OfficeSummit Lake Park, on the way to Mt. Evans, Colorado, summer 2014.

 

And to the left, here's a close-up of the jagged cliffs surrounding the summit of Mt. Evans, way up at 14,264 feet:

 

Mt. Evans from Summit LakeMt. Evans from Summit LakeSummit Lake Park, on the way to Mt. Evans, Colorado, summer 2014.

 

And a little bigger-picture view of Mt. Evans in the distance, with some of the rare plants and flowers in this area in the foreground.  This area is located in alpine region, but the environment mirrors the arctic.  Permafrost, unique to the dry alpine tundra, is present here, which provides the environment for these rare plants to grow - normally found above the arctic circle.  (and this was in August!)

 

Mt. Evans from Summit LakeMt. Evans from Summit LakeSummit Lake Park, on the way to Mt. Evans, Colorado, summer 2014.

 

There's your view from the high-country folks.  Go see it soon!


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