After a few delays, I was finally able to get out on another backpacking trip this weekend. Heading back to my favorite weekender backpacking destination, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, three of us headed up to Horn Lakes. I think the first time I took this trip my youngest son was 6 or 7 years old. Horn Lakes has all the elevation gain as the other trails, but it it can seem a little more strenuous. I think this is because by the time you cross Horn Creek at about 2.5 miles you’re about halfway there . . . then the steep section begins.
Shortly after that you come across the old Wilderness boundary area marked by the old-school sign. I’ve seen these on other trails as well, but some of them are broken. I don’t think it is vandalism, but just old age. They are all very weathered and don’t actually mark the current boundaries.
After the final Creek crossing you traverse along the north side of a ridge, which by the way, is a fine place to camp. On the right is the lower Horn Lake and, following the trail over the ridge leads to the upper lake. Before we arrived at the upper lake we found a great campsite on the south side of the trail.
The lake is typical Sangre de Cristo beauty. The fishing however, was a little slow. I did pull in a few trout each day and missed quite a few, fishing with flies the entire time.
The hike is about 5 miles to the upper lake and I think it took about 3 1/2 hours to get there.
The weather worked out perfect and easily the best weather this season.
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