Sunrise on Chasm Lake and Longs Peak

August 13, 2011

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I reached the Longs Peak Trailhead at 1:45 AM Saturday morning to a parking lot full of cars.  Unbelievable how many people are here to climb Longs Peak (14,259').  The hike starts climbing immediately winding through the trees with a full moon above.  After about 2.5 miles I'm above tree line and about 3.5 miles make a left in the trail to Chasm Lake instead of right to climb Longs Peak.  It was fun to look back and see the many people hiking up with their headlamps on and look ahead to see those climbing Longs Peak.  After about mile 4 the trail ends and you have to scramble up a bunch of rocks for about .2 of a mile to Chasm Lake.  I reached the lake around 5:20 and walked around looking for the best location to take sunrise pictures.  There weren't any clouds in the sky for color but at 6:07 the sun began to hit Longs Peak and not a ripple on the lake.  I had to shoot vertical pictures to capture the tops of the mountains and the entire reflection in the lake.  I plan to hike back in September after the first snowfall and photograph it again with a fisheye lens to capture everything.  View more photos of Colorado at http://www.marblejones.com/p459698259


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