I am an Estes Park local and this is a regular hang-out. There is no park entrance fee. The trail is paved and gravel. (There are some repairs in progress after the flood.) It is accessible via wheelchair and walker, with benches to sit and contemplate the water and mountains. Walk along the north trail for a little elevation; along the west spur for a view of the Continental Divide. The south side of the lake is the location of filming for one episode of the Centennial mini-series. The Baldpate Inn is across the street with unique lodging and a decent, inexpensive meal.
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