Hike to Frozen Lake, about 1 mile above Black Lake and at the base of The Spearhead at the west end of Glacier Gorge in RMNP. The flowers in the tundra area above Black Lake are usually spectacular at this time of year plus there will be some nice views of the west side of Longs Peak, the Keyhole and the Trough, etc.
Not for beginners. This is an advanced level hike. Bring snacks, at least two liters of water, a lunch to enjoy at the lake, and weather appropriate clothing, good hiking boots and trekking poles are highly recommended along with a hat, sunscreen, & sunglasses. I hope to be at the trailhead and ready to begin the hike up the trail around 8:15 am. Current weather forecast calls for partly sunny skies, light winds, temps highs in the high 50's, and probability of afternoon showers/Tstorms around 40% after noon.
Total Hike distance: ~ 10.5 miles.
Trailhead Elevation: ~9200 ft.
Max elevation: ~11600 ft.
Total climb: ~2600 ft.
Moderate pace (around 1.5-2 mph including stops), last mile will be a bushwhack across/through the tundra to the lake on the west side of the Spearhead. Hike should take about 6-7 hours plus about a ~1.5 hour drive each way to the trailhead.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).
No dogs allowed on RMNP trails.
Regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning you require.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.