This week's Skywatch Friday comes from one of my many wanderings into Hyalite Canyon this past summer.
I had often wondered where the road led that forked off from the road that goes to Palisade Falls. I was finally able to manuver all the way up that particular passage and it brought me to the trailhead for East Fork Hyalite Trail. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is the trail that goes to Emerald and Heather Lakes. Emerald is closer at 4.5 miles. I didn't even come close. Not being in top shape it takes me awhile to hike that much less come back, so I set out to see as much as I could. It's a very nice trail. And even in summer still has snow on it. That also slowed me up a bit. I would love to have the time to make it all the way to both lakes. That might require some camping equipment at my pace. In the meantime, you can get an idea of how beautiful the area is from the photo below which was taken from the parking area.
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