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Lake Helene from Bear Lake

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Lake Helene is a beautiful alpine lake situated high above Odessa Lake.


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6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Out and Back

10,640' 3,243 m

High

9,496' 2,894 m

Low

1,176' 358 m

Up

1,176' 358 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

There is no signage and you must follow a social trail to get to the lake, but despite it's obscurity, Lake Helene is a spectacular destination. The lake is situated at treeline between Flattop Mountain (12,324′) and Notchtop Mountain (12,129′). The even lesser known Two Rivers Lake is a short hike from Lake Helene, and also worth the visit while in the valley.

Need to Know

Located inside Rocky Mountain National Park—there is an entry fee to enter the park.

Description

Follow the Bear Lake Connector for less than a half mile to the Odessa Lake Trail Junction and take the trail to the right. The trail climbs above Bear Lake to the Flattop Mountain trail junction. Continue towards Odessa Lake, climbing through forests and meadows.

After approximately 3.5 miles from the trailhead, you'll see social trails on your left for Lake Helene. The lake is partially concealed from the trail and the spurs are fairly easy to miss. If you make a sharp hairpin turn north (right) and begin descending, you've passed it.

Two Rivers Lake is near treeline, just downstream of Lake Helene. A thick forest and boulder field stand between the main trail and lake, making it easier to hike east from Lake Helene to Two Rivers Lake.

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Shared By:

Mike Langenkamp

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in Bear Lake

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Photos

Landscape
Jan 19, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
View of Glacier Gorge and Longs Peak from the trail
Apr 22, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
View of Odessa Lake taken near Lake Helene
Apr 22, 2019 near Grand Lake, CO
Ground squirrel in Rocky Mountain National Park
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bear Lake.
Jan 20, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Bear Lake in winter
Jul 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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Jun 6, 2020
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