|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Hike beneath a breathtaking arch, bask in warm, spring water, and take in a bird's-eye-view of the Colorado River in this collection of hikes.
This 11,750-foot perch in the Sangre de Cristos showcases tarns and tundra to rival the rest of the Rockies. Camp among the pines on the lake’s eastern edge, and look for elk wading in its glassy waters in the morning. A 12,200-foot ridgeline painted pale purple with alpine rock jasmine rises above-. Get there via an 11.4-mile out-and-back from the Serpent Lake trailhead, the last 2.7 miles of which venture off-trail—meaning this alpine paradise should be all yours. Contact (505) 757-6121; Website Trip data