Watanga and Gourd Lakes
Two of my favorite alpine lakes, Watanga and Gourd, are close by, the trail heads being only a few miles away. These photos are from recent backpacking trips to the lakes and their surrounding areas, which are located in the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness, accessed from near Granby, Colorado.
Watanga is relatively easy, only a 4 and a half mile hike.
Gourd Lake is a bit tougher, at 7 and a half miles one way.
Both areas have many small tarns, or alpine ponds, nearby, perfect reflectors of the scenery.
The tundra was lush and spongy this year, thanks to ample snow and rains in the early summer.
Thanks for viewing, and hope to see you on the trail someday!
Keywords: Bob Fergeson, Colorado, Gourd Lake, Granby, Grand Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Watanga Lake, clouds, lake, landscape photography, mountains, nostalgiawest, trees
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