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Mystic Island Lake

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Mystic Island Lake
Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado

For about the first 3.5 miles, the Lake Charles trail in the northwestern Sawatch Range and Holy Cross Wilderness was actually kind of bland; A curvy, rutted, and rocky trail simply through a dense forest. The trail is plagued with ‘false summits’ where we expected to see the lake around every turn. But it wasn’t until we had meandered up 1,800 feet over 3.9 miles to Lake Charles where it really opened up for some spectacular views of Fools Peak and the surrounding steep slopes. Another 1.4 miles up the Brush Creek drainage through some beautiful meadows, led us to Mystic Island Lake (11,306 feet), a dramatic blue lake at the base of a classic glacial cirque…

Mystic Island Lake Colorado

Mystic Island Lake Colorado

Mystic Island Lake Colorado

Mystic Island Lake Colorado

Mystic Island Lake Colorado

 

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