Chasm Lake, RMNP, Oct 23rd, 2010

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We started the hike at 11am, and quickly encountered snow before reaching treeline...


We pause ~11,200' amidst blasting wind, to take some pics, and contemplate whether or not to continue...


We continue, losing the trail in the snow, but aiming in the right direction, and meet another hiker who takes a pic of Uncle Rob and I...


Uncle Rob and "the crossroads". Despite the wind and snow, we push on towards Chasm Lake...


Uncle Rob poses next to the stream in Chasm Meadows. This is the same spot as the pic on the back of my 14er card deck. We continued on towards the final 300' climb to Chasm Lake...


Uncle Rob stands with the Ship's Prow in the center of the pic, and Mt Meeker on the left...


We reach Chasm Lake (11,800') at 1:35pm, and catch a glimpse of Longs Peak (14,255') through the clouds...


A wide view of Chasm Lake, and the Ship's Prow. It was getting cold and windy, so we returned after a ~15' break to take pics and snack...


We returned to the trailhead at 3:35pm, and looked into the "closed" rangers station at a relief model of the Longs Peak area. On the way out through Estes Park, we stopped at the Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King was inspired to write his book, "The Shinning"...

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