Sunday, June 14, 2009

Camping Colorado: Monarch Lake & Arapaho Creek

A small waterfall on the Monarch Lake trail.

Trailhead Location: From Granby take U.S. Highway 34 to County Road 6 (Forest Service Road, FSR 125 or Arapaho Bay Road). Follow this road for 10 miles to the Monarch Lake parking area.

Monarch Lake just outside the northwestern boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Lake Statistics:

Area: 142 acres
Shoreline: 2.6 miles
Elevation: 8,340 feet
Maximum depth: 8 feet
Fish species: Cutthroat trout

Rainbow trout

Brook trout

Brown trout

Arctic Grayling


A Canadian Geese family on the Arapaho Creek.

A Calypso Orchid off the Monarch Lake trail.

The remains of a "steam donkey" on the Monarch Lake Loop Trail.
Used in the late 1800's by loggers to haul logs out of the forest

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