Rescheduled from an earlier date that got rained/stormed out:
This is a moderate hike due to the short distance up to the lake (less than 2 miles), combined with a bit of an incline as there's 1000 ft of elevation gain. As you climb up to the lake, you'll get magnificent views of Estes Park and RMNP. The lake itself is surrounded by lumpy rock formations and some trees. Since this is a short distance hike, we'll spend a little extra time at the lake to unwind, journal, take pictures, meditate or socialize - about an hour or so.
We'll meet at the trailhead (see directions below) at 9 am and depart for the hike at 9:15 am. If you're late, catch up! We'll see you up top.
Carpooling is encouraged! Please message each other to set it up.
DISTANCE: Less than 4 miles roundtrip, 1000 ft elevation gain, approximately 3 hours on the trail if you count the "chilling" time at the lake.
DIRECTIONS: From Estes Park, take the US Hwy 34 bypass (the road that goes by the Stanley Hotel). Just west of the Stanley, turn right (north) onto MacGregor Avenue (CR 43). The road makes a hard right at the entrance to MacGregor Ranch, after which it is known as the Devils Gulch Rd. Veer right, and proceed about 3/4 miles to Lumpy Ridge Rd. Turn left onto Lumpy Ridge Rd. The Lumpy Ridge Trailhead and parking area at the end of the road.
DONATION: $2 to the organizer to cover MeetUp fees and gas. There is no fee to park at this trailhead.
CANCELLATIONS: Check this website before you head out to see that this hike is still scheduled. I will send an email to all who RSVP yes to let them know of changes and if this is canceled it will disappear off the schedule! Severe weather, wildfires, flash flood watches or warnings, thunderstorms, are all reasons why this could be canceled.