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Shelf and Solitude Lakes (RMNP)

Shelf and Solitude Lakes

This spot is the crown jewel of RMNP. It is off the regular trails and park officials do not encourage people to go there. As a result these lakes maintain their pristine beauty and you are unlikely to see many other people.

There is a half mile stretch that is pretty much straight up some 1,000 feet with some route finding and scrambling over fallen trees. If you think 1,000 feet is tough on a 4 mile hike, then you won't like it on a half mile hike. Obviously, this hike is for experienced hikers only.

To sign up add your name to the waiting list. The strongest (and fastest) hikers will be given preference.

Trail Details

Starting Elevation: 9180'
Elevation at Solitude Lake: ~11,400'
Elevation Gain: ~2,200'
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: ~11 Miles roundtrip.
Dogs: No

Weather is unpredictable at these elevations, be prepared for anything.

Carpool Location

We will meet at the park-n-ride at 88th and Sheridan at 7:15. I expect to be at the north end of the lot. Look for my red SUV. We will carpool to the free shuttle parking lot in RMNP (across from Glacier Basin) and ride the shuttle to the Glacier Gorge trailhead. Those persons up north can meet us at the shuttle lot around 8:45--just be sure to let me know if you do not intend to meet at the carpool location. The free shuttle is inside RMNP, so someone from each vehicle will need to have a park pass.

Additional Terms and Conditions

You are responsible for knowing where the carpool location and the trailhead are and getting there on time. You are responsible for researching the trail and knowing your own limits. You are responsible for dressing appropriately and bringing the necessary gear, water and snacks. This trip--as are all trips with this group unless otherwise noted--is an all day outing, do not sign up if you have other obligations that afternoon. The pace will be on the faster side, and everyone is expected to keep up; you will need to be in good shape to do this trip. It is considered poor etiquette to cancel at the last minute; any cancellation within 24 hours of the start of this meetup for any reason will be treated as a no-show.

This is a participate at your own risk event.

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  • gale g.

    I had a great time with everyone, saw some hikers I have not seen in some time and met some new hikers!

    August 12, 2013

  • Bill B.

    For future reference, the distance is 10 miles round trip from/to glacier gorge trailhead. Thanks to all of you who showed up for this wonderful, challenging hike. I hope to see you all on future outings.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Camie

    Amazing!! What a blast! Fantastic group, "wow" scenery, we beat the weather, perfect day! Will upload pics this afternoon. Thanks again, Bill!!

    August 12, 2013

  • philip R.

    This hike is outstanding! Scenery of the lakes and water fall are top "shelf." I certainly enjoyed our group hikers too.

    August 11, 2013

  • Paul

    What a great Trek! Fun fit group, very challenging.... Bills hikes are always the best. I enjoyed seeing everyone....

    August 11, 2013

  • Camie

    Meet you at the shuttle lot inside RMNP.

    August 10, 2013

  • Camie

    I will meet you either at the shuttle lot inside RMNP, or at Glacier Gorge trailhead. Will post final plan early in the morning prior to 0630.

    August 10, 2013

  • David H

    I'll meet the group at the shuttle lot. I'll be there before 8:45.

    Looking forward to this!

    August 9, 2013

  • Paul

    I have a birthday party in Longmont after the hike so I will be driving to either the trailhead parking or possibly Glacier Basin parking lot

    August 9, 2013

  • Ruan

    Will be doing the meteor shower the night before. Will have to skip this one.

    August 8, 2013

  • gale g.

    unexpected family coming into town this weekend!! darn, was looking forward to this

    August 6, 2013

  • Don B.

    I would absolutely love to do this one. I am committed to Mt. Massive for Multiple Sclerosis (Multiple Summits for MS) with Kimmy Kazu. I wish you a glorious day.

    July 30, 2013

  • Don B.

    I would love to do this one but am committed to Mt. Massive for Multiple Sclerosis with Kimmy Kazu.

    July 30, 2013

  • Tom W

    It says hike full; may sign up latter

    July 30, 2013

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