Hoover Wilderness Color part 2

The trail from the Lundy Lake Trailhead to the end of the canyon is just exquisite this time of year.  It begins at 7900 ft. or so and tops out at 10,100 ft. Helen Lake.   A mostly moderate trail,  it gives you great views coming and going as well as quiet time in the aspen.

At the end, as  the canyon  begins to turn into a bowl, the trail cuts left and up… and up… and up.  Most people wisely choose to turn around here.   It is a difficult mile and quarter  to Helen Lake just over the rim of Lundy Canyon.  Helen Lake is starkly beautiful,  the wind  a steady companion.  Great views on the way back down.  Glad I experienced that part of the trail once.  Not quite sure if there will be  a repeat performance.

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Looking down Lundy Canyon towards Lundy Lake

Looking down Lundy Canyon towards Lundy Lake

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In Lundy Canyon, photo by bruce czopek

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Lundy Canyon, photo by bruce czopek

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Miner's cabin. Lundy Canyon.

Remnants of a miner’s cabin. Lundy Canyon.

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Lundy Canyon, photo by Bruce Czopek

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Close to  the top of Lundy Canyon.

Approaching  the top of Lundy Canyon.

At the end of Lundy Canyon, the trail goes vertical and in another mile ends up at Helen Lake. Take a left at the trees and go straight up the scree slope. Then a series of switchbacks gets you there.
At the end of Lundy Canyon, the trail gets steep and and in another mile ends up at Helen Lake. Take a left at the trees and scramble up the scree slope. Then a series of switchbacks gets you there. Not for the faint of heart.

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Waterfall below the rim of the canyon. Overflow from Helen Lake.

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Helen Lake

Helen Lake

Just add Sherpas

Just add Sherpas

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If one had wings to fly back this would be a good take off spot.

If one had wings to fly back this would be a great take off spot.

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11 thoughts on “Hoover Wilderness Color part 2

  1. What an amazing place, both compelling and forbidding. I imagine if you came upon
    this on horseback, intending to camp and mine, you’d know you had to brace up for a hard time
    only softened a bit by the beauty of the land. The light in your photographs is really
    stirring. One of the earlier shots with a bent tree in front of rippling water is amazing,
    you can’t have caught it at a better moment.

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