Hiking to Mills Lake
Mills Lake from Glacier Gorge Trailhead, 5.3 RT, 780′ Elevation Gain, 6.84 Difficulty Level, 9,940′ Max Elevation
This was my furthest hike to date! Next time I know that I can push it just a little further. Since this hike I have gotten a new pair of hiking boots, so I can’t wait to try them out!!
The hike was supposed to be with four women, but it ended up just being my sister-in-law and myself. We had a fantastic time! My brother wasn’t there rushing us to get to our destination, we got to enjoy a little lunch on the Estes Park River Walk without having to eat in the van on our way home – a win, win!
I also think that this was the most beautiful hike to date. It helped that the leaves were in full Fall mode. A week later I ended up hiking a portion of this same trail when my mom came for a visit, but the leaves were already falling from the trees. I love how a landscape can change with light and weather!
It turned out to be a beautiful, bright sunny day for a hike to Mills Lake.
I was using a 2-8 neutral density filter for the first time, so pretty much left it around 2. Since I was with someone who was not my husband, I really didn’t want to take time to really play with it.
I would have loved to capture the falls with a slow shutter speed – one day…
Oh, and because I had the ND filter on, I left my lens cap and lens hood at home. Lots of lens flair in some images.
No, this is not littering. My sister-in-law dropped a trail mix wrapper (that was empty) when she was trying to get to my cell phone to take a picture of the chipmunk. She picked it up when we left.
He also decided that he wanted to check out the bag of nuts that I had in my pocket.
The Loch wasn’t much further than Mills Lake from this point, so I know that it’s definitely possible for me to make it there one day.
Around this time in our hike, we ran across a group of kids on a field trip. One woman had on a t-shirt that I’ve got from a local hospital. The kids were from a school in the town that we live in! Again – small world!
We have arrived!
These guys were from the National Geological Survey Team:
We’re heading back to the trailhead…
We stopped at Alberta Falls for a picture…
Our beautiful view during our lunch on the Estes Park Riverwalk…