Location: White River National Forest (FS trail #2002), Holy Cross Wilderness
Nearest town: Red Cliff
Distance from Denver: 125 mi / 2:30
Trail distance: 2.7 mi one way; 5.4 mi RT
Elevation: 9,100 ft at TH; 10,956 ft at Whitney Lake; 1,856 ft gain over 2.7 miles
Directions: Hwy 24 south from Vail, past turnoff to Red Cliff, ~13 miles. Right on Homestake Road (improved dirt road) ~5 miles to small parking area on left. Small trailhead sign across road.
Date hiked: 09/2012
US Forest Service
Trail notes and photos:
Steep but fairly short climb through large aspen stands, with great views of mountains to the south. Rewarded with small, quiet Whitney Lake with a view of Whitney Peak. Plenty of rocks for a break in the sun, trails around the lake for exploring, or backcountry campsites for those wishing to stay the night.