Pawnee Peak is a great Colorado hike that compresses many experiences into a relatively short journey (9 miles round trip, 2463' elevation gain). The subjects in these photographs range from the microscopic to the infinite. Starting from the Long Lake Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, you pass through dense forest filled with wildflowers on the way to Lake Isabelle. Then the trail climbs through an alpine environment of small lakes and streams to Pawnee Pass (12,541') at the continental divide. Off-trail hiking over talus and another 300' climb brings you to Pawnee Peak with spectacular views of the Blue Lakes, Mount Audubon and Mount Toll.
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