Five Lakes Loop

Glacier Gorge to Bear Lake via Mills Lake and Lake Haiyaha
(7 miles, +1,600/-1,300 feet).

Today we set off to do a seven lake loop in the Bear Lakes area, but as it turns out, five was plenty!  I got to see two lakes I missed last time I was here, Mills Lake with lovely views of Longs Peak, and Lake Haiyaha below aptly named “Chaos Canyon.”

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Here we go!
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Alberta Falls
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Heading up to Mills Lake
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Stream crossing!
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Woodpecker right on trail
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Mills Lake outlet
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ZoZo ponders Mills Lake
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Mills Lake
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Heading back down to the loop
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Lovely staircase up to Haiyaha

As it turns out, Haiyaha is a Native American word for “big rocks,” which were quite plentiful at their eponymous lake.

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Chaos Canyon and Lake Haiyaha
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ZoZo climbs some haiyaha
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ZoZo is so-so on climbing haiyaha
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Another view of Chaos Canyon
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Bear Lake Basin
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Longs Peak above Mills Lake
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Bear and Nymph Lakes
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Yay downhill!
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Dream Lake
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Enjoying the view
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Nymph Lake lily pads
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Nymph Lake
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Bear Lake

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