All good things must come to an end. Today is our last day at the YMCA of the Rockies.
We hiked to Sky Pond with the “Y” group. We gathered at 7 A.M. and drove to Glacier Gorge parking area and got one of the last spaces at about 7:30 A.M.
The trail took us past several waterfalls, some unnamed and The Loch, a beautiful lake within easy reach. From The Loch, we could see Timberline waterfall, where we would soon be – it seemed far away.
Then the climbing started on beautiful rock steps and I thought of the folks who moved all these rocks to create this trail. At one point, it got really tricky as we had to climb on all fours on the side of Timberline Falls. We got up there but I wondered how we were going to get back.
We passed Glass Pond and got to Sky Pond for a very early lunch. See the picture above. This is a typical glacier pond, stuck at the base of bare rocks. That’s why they call it the Rocky Mountains.
Rocky Mountains National Park (RMNP) is all about the open views and glacial lakes. We have plenty of views in the Blue Ridge and Smokies but they are rarely open. And of course, we don’t have glacial lakes. All the lakes in the Southern Appalachians are artificial.
The trails in RMNP are very busy, much busier than in the Smokies. First the park is much smaller than the Smokies (520,000 acres). It has only 350 miles of trail, less than half of the Smokies 800 miles. And of course, the season is very short. Most visitors come here between June and September.
See you back in the Southern Appalachians very soon.