Copyright: Tom Kuekes-USDA Forest Service
The pica is a member of the rodent family. Most often they are viewed in scree fields at high elevations.
This short, but steep trail is in good condition. It should be noted, however, that numerous snow drifts can be expected on the trail throughout the month of June. Fishing is good for Brook and Lake Trout. Even though the trail starts out as being rather steep, the trail soon becomes one of the more moderate hikes in the area. Along one section of a rocky outcropping is a favorite spot for marmots. To visit the upper lakes, stay on the left hand side of the lake for a simple climb to the upper lakes.
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road for about 27 miles. Approximately 3 miles past Meredith, turn left on to road #501. About one mile past Elk Wallow Campground take the left fork to the trailhead approximately .2 of a mile before the dead end.
June through September
(NOTE: Snow may be found on the trail in June.)
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Difficulty: Moderate Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Highly Report: Trail Steep for a mile plus, levels out some, then steep again before reaching lakes. Short but steep ascent to upper lake. Harder trail for backpacking than a day hike. Beautiful scenery. Decent fishing. About 13-15 people. Trail access to Carter Lake. Many patches of snow.