Rocky Mountain National Park: Mirror Lake

Wander through lush forests and high-alpine meadows to a pair of secluded mountain lakes nestled at the foot of the Mummy Range.
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Wander through lush forests and high-alpine meadows to a pair of secluded mountain lakes nestled at the foot of the Mummy Range.

INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations accepted ($20 administrative fee for permits during peak season). nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/backcntry_guide.htm

CONTACT Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206; nps.gov/romo

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 21.4

Waypoints

MLT001

Location: 40.517967, -105.770592

Follow Corral Park Trail as it descends to the NE along Corral Creek

MLT002

Location: 40.523468, -105.749763

Turn R @ jct. with Big South Trail. In .1 mi., cross Corral Creek and enter Rocky Mountain National Park on narrow log bridge

MLT003

Location: 40.518742, -105.743553

Turn L; cross wide log bridge over calm Cache la Poudre River; head SE along forest edge

MLT004

Location: 40.517609, -105.735001

Turn L; trail swings NE and begins steep ridgeline climb

MLT005

Location: 40.520859, -105.725578

Continue E on rocky trail speckled with colorful mushrooms

MLT006

Location: 40.518646, -105.713219

Trail ascends moderately to forested ridgeline above Hague Creek

MLT007

Location: 40.520428, -105.694321

Turn L @ jct. with Mummy Pass Trail; trail veers NW toward Mirror Lake

MLT008

Location: 40.526608, -105.699692

Stay straight for mellower stretch along meadow; Cascade Creek runs parallel to path

MLT009

Location: 40.536892, -105.696854

Head around E side of Mirror Lake; Cascade Creek flows out of lake on L

MLT010

Location: 40.539436, -105.698097

Enjoy a scenic lunch on the rocks overlooking deep blues of Mirror Lake, or continue another 500 ft. to shallower Upper Mirror Lake. Return to trailhead

Bridge across Cache la Poudre River

Location: 40.519726, -105.742958

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Mirror Lake

Location: 40.538437, -105.6968

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Corral Creek

Location: 40.524033, -105.747833

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Mountain Views

Location: 40.519951, -105.761894

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Moose

Location: 40.518589, -105.764389

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