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Fall River Resevoir to Loc Lamond

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Distance: 5.5 miles


7 mile hike to high alpine lakes and tundra on the continental divide. These trail get little foot traffic and are 4 X 4 roads and jeep trails, but the bushwacking between Fall River and Loch Lamond provides total total solitude, challenging scree crossings and wild raspberries.
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Drive up Fall River road West of Idaho Springs on I-70 and turn at Rainbow Road on one of the switchbacks with a large house at the locus.  Be prepared with a high clearance 4 X 4 or the approach will include ~2 miles of rough road hiking to the resevoir.  Once at the resevoir you may choose to hike south to Chillis Lake, west to the top of the Continental Divide, or begin our route north around the middle edge of the peak above the thick forest and below the towering escarpments above.  The route follows the edge of the forest around the peak with no trail, so be prepared for heavy bushwacking and a small creak crossing.  About halfway around you should see yellow bellied Marmots and a few elk feasting on the buffet of berries.  Watch for bears. You will eventually see a few campsites and a road leading to loch Lamond. 

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