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    15 Unreal Colorado Hikes With Alpine Lakes To Conquer In This Lifetime

    Colorado is full of beautiful hiking — but it's hard to beat a trail that ends at a LAKE.

    There's more to Colorado than pot shops, skiing, and breweries. The state is FULL of stunning, high alpine lakes. The sort of spots that make any hike (no matter how grueling) well worth the effort.

    Sunrise hits snow dusted peaks of Maroon Bells while being reflected in lake below, along with Aspen trees in their full fall foliage display of golden colors
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    If you're up for the challenge (and the reward), journey out of the city and head to the mountains. From mellow trails that feel more like a walk in the park to routes that lead you up 14,000-foot mountains (also known as 14ers), there's one thing every hike on this list has in common: It features an alpine lake oasis.

    Just make sure that you check trail conditions before you go (depending on the time of year, routes may still be snow-covered and icy) and follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace, so you can leave trails better than you found them.

    1. Handies Peak Trail

    2. Maroon Snowmass Trail

    3. Saint Mary's Glacier

    4. Hope Lake Trail

    5. Timberline Lake Trail

    6. Lamphier Lake Trail

    7. Blue Lakes Trail

    8. Glacier Gorge Trail

    9. Lakes of the Clouds Trail

    10. Rainbow Lake Trail

    11. Longs Peak Trail

    12. Lower Crystal Lake

    13. Island Lake Trail

    14. Navajo Lake Trail

    15. Upper Slate Lake

    Any spots I missed? Sound off below.

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