Lake Ann Colorado Part I
Lake Ann Colorado Part I
We started off our trip to Lake Ann like any person from Oklahoma would. We went right into REI to see what equipment we needed and what one day we hoped to own. I grew anxious as we left Loveland to head to the Lake Ann trail head.
My wife and I began are journey taking Clear Creek Road (FDR 390) located 19 miles south of Leadville. We sat through 12 miles of bumps and turns in our Toyota Camry desperately wanting to speed up to start our hike but not wanting to push our Camry into what Jeeps are made for. We drove slow and took in the mountain air. It was such a crispness to it. It’s something our pollen and dust filled Oklahoma noses don’t recognize.
We drove past fisherman and laughed about how we never had the patience to fish yet ironically we would be spending the next 5 or so hours hiking to a single destination. We parked our Camry in the 2 wheel drive section and figured we had pushed our vehicle enough. Alisha and I checked our gear one last time and loaded up our Deuter packs.
We look wide eyed out into the valleys and the mountains. Here we were not even on the trailhead to Lake Ann and we were already amazed at what we could see. Ozzie ran a long beside us stopping every chance he could to smell the grass or run through high grass.
I kept snapping pictures with my Iphone and became relieved when we lost signal. Finally we had escaped life if only for a day. We walked on taking in the sights and my back felt great on my back. After about two miles we came across the first fork in our road. To the left we would summit Mt. Huron and to the right we would continue on to Lake Ann. We planned on summiting the next day so we continued on our way with a little bit of jealousy of those who could just park next to the trail head.
This trail is full of beauty and such amazing sights. We wondered how Lake Ann could be any better than what we were seeing now. Ahead of us lied the Three Apostles and to our left Mt. Huron loomed over us. We walked through the valley full of wildflowers and every now and then a patch of trees. We took small breaks to get water and continued on. Finally we came to another fork in the road.
A wooden sign read Apostle Basin and a sign to our right read Stock with an arrow pointing straight ahead. We went left since we had no idea what Stock was. The hike got even better after the fork in the road. We started to pick up elevation and this time there was no escaping the trees. We welcomed every breeze and each piece of shade that the forest provided us. We climbed on, crossed creeks, and looked down upon the water running beneath us. Somewhere on this hike we came across three hikers that had spent the day at the Apostles. We asked if they were at Lake Ann and they said no and went on their way.
Alisha kept looking down at her Fitbit estimating the distance we had left. We came out of the forest and looked upon a beautiful valley full of high grass and wildflowers. According to my wife we only had maybe a quarter of a mile left so we pushed on. The packs now started to feel heavy and I looked forward to dropping mine off next to the lake. The trail seemed to disappear as we walked on. Now we pushed our way through grass without much guidance except walking where the grass had been previously bent. I expected to see Lake Ann as soon as we gained some more elevation. I enjoyed the view with the Apostles now closer than ever. It truly was beautiful. Alisha then said, “This isn’t right. We should be there by now”. After checking her GPS we had made a wrong turn somewhere. Lake Ann was about a half mile to our right. The only problem was a mountain stood in between us and any shortcut of fixing our mistake. We now were forced to back track the trail.