The Hike for Discovery group hike to Jasper Lake took place in mid-July as it was possible to get into the higher altitudes since the snow had finally melted in most areas.
We headed to the Hessie trailhead which was quite full by the time we arrived leading us up the road towards the Fourth of July trail head and campground. Realizing we needed to be around the Hessie trailhead a 3 point turn on the road with a steep drop off took place. I was driving but the person in the front passenger seat was scared of heights and not seeing the drop off or anything over the front of the hood was not going well. I told her to look up towards Eldora ski resort , sort of above us but she just closed her eyes instead. The 3 point turn was about a 5 or 6 point turn in reality just to be safe.
Once we got the parking situated and got on the trail we crossed a bridge and were on our way towards the lake.
Making our way up to the lake we passed fields of wildflowers in full bloom as the season was a little behind. This let some people see the Columbine (Colorado state flower) for the first time as well.
As we approached Jasper Lake there was some snow on the trail, which lead to some snowballs flying in the warm middle of July day.
Stopping for lunch at the lake we then headed back down the trail, making a slight detour to Lost Lake. Unofrtunately on the trail down one of our trail captains fell and twisted her ankle. She was able to make it out just fine but skipped the additional mileage to Lost Lake.
Being closer to the Hessie trail head there were more people at Lost Lake, but still it was quite empty for such a beautiful area.
Having found Lost Lake we continued back to the trailhead and off to dinner/drinks in Nederland . It was quite a long day of hiking but an entertaining day as well with one of the first memorable quotes of the hike season stated at dinner in Ned.