Here is some information taken from the forest service’s website:
These permits go on sale on a set date in March every year and sell out almost instantly. They also release any returned permits three days in advance. Sadly, we have not been able to get permits any of the three years we have tried.
Instead, we chose to hike to Lone Eagle Peak on the first weekend after permits were required, September 17th - 19th 2021.
Watch our journey to Lone Eagle Peak in my YouTube video below:
We arrived at the Monarch Lake Trailhead around 6 PM Friday night. The goal was to make it as far as we could and setup camp about halfway up the trail to Crater Lake and Lone Eagle Peak. We only had a few hours before dark, so we quickly strapped up our backpacking gear and hit the trail.
Read about the backpacking gear I carried for the 2021 season to see what I loved and what I can’t wait to replace next year here!
From Monarch Lake, we went north on the trail as long as we could until it got dark and cold. The hike was a fairly gradual incline, and we sped through the first stretch in under 2 hours. We made it near the four-mile mark and found a flat spot to camp along the side of South Boulder Creek.
The trail opened up into a massive boulder field and leveled out a bit. We completed the last three and one half miles in under 2 hours and arrived at Mirror Lake below Lone Eagle Peak absolutely stunned by how distinctly unique Lone Eagle Peak stood out against the rest of the mountain range.
The view from the lake was nearly surreal. Even though it was an overcast day, there was a perfect reflection of the peak in the lake that made us see just how fitting the name Mirror Lake is. Before we sat down to enjoy the views for an extended period, we found our campsite and set up our tent.
Read about the dehydrated meals I prepared for all of our trips this year in my “Healthy Dehydrated Meal Prep Guide” here!
When the sun started to set, we cooked another dehydrated meal for dinner and crawled into our sleeping bags for the night. We went to sleep so content with the day we had had and how much this place had lived up to its hype.
We were so proud to have completed this unreal hike and so excited to share our photos with our friends to let them know what is out there to explore. We hope to be able to come back and actually scale the mountain via a route called “Solo Flight” one day. This will take some planning and preparation, but we want to continue making our goals and plans bigger and better!
Watch more from our trip to Lone Eagle Peak in my video below, and see more Colorado adventures on my YouTube Channel!
Read more of our Colorado backpacking adventures below:
Backpacking Yellowstone National Park
Camping Among the Dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park
Completing the 30-mile Four Pass Loop - Backpacking from Aspen to Crested Butte
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