Highland Mary Lakes Trail #606
ElevationAscent: 1,477' 450 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 12,299' 3,749 m
Low: 10,834' 3,302 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A short trek to seven alpine lakes.”— Caroline Cordsen
Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Family Friendly Sturdy, wide, and without any steep dropoffs, Highland Mary Lakes are a great place for the whole family (dog included) to enjoy, though it may take some incentives to keep the little ones motivated.
Camping is allowed and sites exist near the lakes, but follow all Weminuche Wilderness camping regulations.
Rock hopping across to the west side of Cunningham Creek, the route bursts through the last of the stunted pines at about 11,800 feet, where wildflowers blanket the tundra. Here, the trail veers from Cunningham Creek, then gains access to the lakes by way of an outlet stream. Climbing a steep talus field, the trail wraps a rocky knob before treading east to the first of the Highland Mary Lakes.
The true route then turns south to travel between three of the seven lakes, ending near Verde Lake at its convergence with Whitehead Trail #674, but off-trail exploration will allow you to dip your toes in each.
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