Aug
27

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park 

In Colorado, we hike 4.5 miles uphill (at 8000-10,000 foot elevation) for a beautiful reward- Ypsilon Lake, which sits high up in the mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park 

When we got up to the lake, we perched on a rock that sits out in the middle of the lake and we ate our packed lunch, rested, relaxed, and soaked up the crisp mountain air.

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park 

After lunch, prior to our 4.5 mile hike down, we hung out on a large rock right in the middle of this beautiful waterfall.

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park 

I consider myself  to be somewhat in shape, but this hike made me question that. This hike KICKED MY ASS. My friends referred to this hike as being “moderate” but when I googled it after the fact, I see that it is considered a strenuous hike (which made me feel a little better about myself – ha!). I was pretty beat up for an entire day after this hike, my body was achy and my knees were fragile- it was so worth it though.

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park

I mean, this view.  You can’t take a bad photo up there in that mountain even if you try your hardest.

Ypsilon Lake //Rocky Mountain National Park 

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Crista