Colorado Dog Hikes: Lake Dorothy

One of my all-time favorite hikes. On our first trip up to the lake several years ago I got altitude sickness for the first time and probably killed off a few brain cells in the process. A loss I still claim as worth it. This time I’m proud to say that I was only slightly light-headed once we reached the pass, and suspect I was most likely suffering from some sort of beauty induced euphoria in which I felt compelled to attempt to photograph all the gorgeousness all at once.

This hike has it all: cool, fragrant pine forests, a waterfall crossing, vibrant wildflowers, a gorgeous alpine lake and jaw-dropping views at every turn. If your pup’s pads aren’t hardened you might want to consider using booties—there’s a long stretch of hiking over rough dry rocks that will definitely take a toll on sensitive paws.


 

TRIP DATE

August 2017

LENGTH

7.3 miles; out and back

ELEVATION GAIN

1,889 feet

FEES

None

TRAILHEAD

Fourth of July Trailhead on Google Maps. Although usually ok, the road after Hessie trailhead can be rough.

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

BEST TIME TO HIKE

Summer, fall

WATER/SHADE

Wooded sections early; hike finishes above treeline. Waterfall crossing at 1 mile.

DOG RULES

Allowed on leash.
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