Bierstadt Lake

Bear Lake to Hollowell Park
(5 miles, +400/-1,500 feet).

Today we were looking for a downhill hike, and thanks the the shuttle system in Rocky Mountain National Park, we got just what we were looking for.  Starting at Bear Lake, we hiked a teensy bit of uphill to get over a ridge and then cruised down to Bierstadt Lake.

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Bear Lake
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Bierstadt Lake

Notice the duck in the lower right — this little guy was more aggressive than any pigeon or chipmunk or rat I have ever encountered.  In spite of kicking dirt at him and chasing him away several times, he kept coming back hoping for some food.

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Tenacious D

After the lake we passed by some backcountry campsites in the woods that looked nice.

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Stream crossing

And after crossing Mill Creek, the trail got very dry and sunny.  We hoped to see some wildlife, but they were probably napping in the shade somewhere….

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No wildlife here
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Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak

When we got to the Hollowell Park trailhead we found trail magic!

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Second best word after beer….
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Basking in magic

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