Gibson Lake 07/25/2020 #Hiking #Journey #DNF

North Fork South Platte River / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2020

Trails traveled: Gibson Lake Trail, Difficulty: Moderate (Blue)
Out and Back, 6.0 miles round-trip, 1,640 feet of elevation gain
Time: 2 hours
Weather: Rainy, Overcast

  • Rainy
  • Thunder and Lightning
  • Stream
  • Creek
  • Wildflowers
  • Lake
  • Did Not Finish (DNF)
  • Overcast
  • Cloudy
  • 4×4 Trail
  • Campground

I was excited to see Gibson Lake, but alas, it was not to be.

The hike to Gibson Lake is about 7.5 miles in total from a campground parking area to the lake. When I arrived at the parking lot, there were some ominous clouds overhead. When I finally reached the official trail it started to drizzle.

After another 3 miles was when things got bad. The drizzle turned into a downpour and then the thunder and lightning started. I waited a couple minutes to see if it would get better, when things worsened I decided to turn back.

I jogged back to the trailhead to get off the trail before the storm got worse. It was cold and I was soggy. I enjoyed about 15 minutes hanging out in the car with the heat blasting before heading home.

Gibson Lake will have to wait for another day. But it was actually a good hike. It was a good length and some elevation gain. There is a thirteener (Whale Peak) at the base of the lake that I might attempt when I return. I got some great pictures of Columbines and Mariposa Lilies. Check them out below.

Columbine Wildflower / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2020
Mariposa Lily Wildflower / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2020

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