Sprague Lake, RMNP

Estes Park, Colorado

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View west to Hallett Peak from Sprague Lake.  Sprague Lake is accessed from the Bear Lake Road near Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Mountains flanking Hallett Peak are Otis Peak on the left and Flattop Mountain on the right.


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Zoomed view of the previous image showing Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain.

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A typical view of the lake edge along the trail that circles Sprague Lake.  The trail around the lake is 1/2 mile plus in length.


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Shore grasses along the lake.


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Backlit leaves of some kind of shrub (Willow?) along the lake side.


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Tree trunk and limbs along the lakeside.   Typical trees in the area are Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine and Douglas Fir.


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Wider view of previous image.   At the time of this visit there were hundreds of piles of branches and stemwood surrounding the lake created by the Park Service to address the problem of Pine Bark Beatles.  The wood piles will be burned during the winter months.


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Expanded side view of previous image.


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View of limbs, branches and needles in their complexity from underside of a ponderosa pine along the edge of the lake.


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Rainbow trout in the very clear waters of Boulder Brook at the inflow to Sprague Lake.  This is a natural lake that has been enlarged by an earthen dam on the extreme east side of the lake.  The outflow from the lake travels northeast into Glacier Creek.  Glacier Creek parallels Bear Lake Road.


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Panorama from Sprague Lake looking west from the extreme east end of the lake.  The Bierstadt Morraine is clearly visible on the right side of the image.


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