Such an amazingly beautiful area!
This alpine lake was actually the first leg/night of a 3-day backpacking loop around this cluster of mountains.
I started at the Cross Mt TH and soon felt the affects of high altitude on my cardio as I contoured along the Groundhog trail thru thick forests & open meadows with majestic mountain in the distance.
After briefly walking the FR535, hopped on the Kilpacker trail and started slowly climbing again thru some thick forests while taking a couple long altitude breaks along the way.
Eventually the Kilpacker trail dumps into the Navajo Lake trails and quickly climbs up to the super scenic alpine lake at 11,200ft. That last mile really kicked my rear!
The lake was a great place to stay my first night, loads of snows on the peaks, sun setting thru the mountains, great tasting water, and marmots running thru the rocks. Due to lingering snow in the high passes & private property issues, I decided to loop around the mountain on the equally scenic Elk Creek trail with loads of sweeping views as it contoured above the treeline with about a dozen snowbanks & fields to traverse.
Eventually the Elk creek trail passes a mine and drops down an old mining road below the treeline and then i headed east on the Wilson Mesa trail thru the wet forest until I found an amazing lake to camp near on the NE side of Wilson Peak with of course great views of that 14K foot peak.
The next morning I was spooked by a momma Black bear and her cub twice coming within 100ft of my camp as I was packing up.
Afterwards I continued east dropping into Bilk Creek and taking the awe inspiring Lizard Head trail up and over the 12K foot pass while passing by many gushing waterfalls and of course the funky looking Lizard Head Peak with snowy Wilson & Gladstone Peaks looming up above. So flipping jaw dropping!
Having got my fill of Colorado goodness, I dropped down from the pass & back below the treeline and finally back to my car at Cross Mt TH to make the LONG drive back home...
I certainly can't wait for my next Colorado trip next month!