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Meet-Up Hike to Ptarmigan Lake
October 1 @ 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Ptarmigan Lake is one of the iconic spots in the Sawatch Range. The hike starts steeply through a dense forest emerging onto a sub-alpine plateau, then continuing above tree line into the alpine zone around the main lake. Wildflower displays can be spectacular, the views north toward 14er’s Mt. Yale, Mt. Columbia and Mt. Harvard never disappoint.
Location of Hike: Cottonwood Pass area west of Buena Vista
Hike Level: Moderate
Distance: 6.6 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: approx. 10,654 ft starting elevation, 12,154 maximum elevation; gain/loss of approx.. 1,500 ft.
Meeting time/location: 8:30 am at The Trailhead in Buena Vista, 402 E. Main Street; the group will carpool to the trailhead
GARNA Hike Leader: John McCarthy