aThe hike is Zimmerman Lake is generally a short, lovely hike in a beautiful part of the northern Front Range. On this day in August of 2021, however, the conditions were not ideal. It was cold and cloudy and the sky was filled with smokey haze from wildfires. The surrounding mountains were all faded if visible at all. You could see the faint glow of the sun trying to break through the haze and cloud, but ultimately unsuccessful.
That being said, this is a short and relatively easy hike and should be part of your itinerary if visiting the Cameron Pass area. The surrounding mountains are beautiful (I have seem them during past trips to the area) and this area is know for a large moose population so your chances of seeing some wildlife is better than average.
The trail itself is mostly an old road that switchbacks up through dense evergreen forest. There are some views through the trees or through the odd clearing along the way but you generally have to wait until you reach the lake for the alpine vistas.
When you reach the lake, there are some social trails leading to the earthen dam, a trail leading around the lake, and the road that you hiked in on continues for a ways around the northern shore of the lake where the best mountain views can be found.
If you are lucky enough to be in the area when the weather is nice and the mountains are visible, then don't overlook the hike to Zimmerman Lake. The hike is good for kids and adults alike and is a pleasant way to spend a few hours in the Cameron Pass area.
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Roosevelt National Forest
Date Hiked: August 7, 2021
Distance: 2.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 10,017 to 10,548
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service