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Hike: American Lake

This classic hike winds up from the Castle Creek valley though an aspen forest with a beautiful wildflower-rich understory. Next, hikers pop into the primordial spruce/fir forest and out across wide open meadows. The final approach crosses some rock glaciers and ends at the picture perfect American Lake. This half-day hike gets the blood flowing and then rewards with comfortable and scenic picnic spots at the top. Don’t miss this exhilarating excursion!


6.4 miles round trip

High Point:

11,370 feet

Starting Elevation:

9,400 feet

Average Time:

5 – 7 hours

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