Fall Foliage Forays: Lake Irwin and Lost Lake, Colorado

7 destinations for perfect autumn paddling

Lost Lake and Aspens, Colorado. Photo: Rozanne Hakala

Lost Lake and Aspens, Colorado. Photo: Rozanne Hakala

Colorado's fluttering aspens turn golden yellow in fall--it's a stunning sight against the background of snow-dusted 13,000-foot peaks in the Ruby Range. Above Lake Irwin and Lost Lake looms Kebler Pass and the largest Aspen grove in the state. These crystal blue high-alpine are well suited to day tripping, and Lake Irwin is stocked with rainbow trout. After exploring the lakes and their wildflower-carpeted shores, take hike on one of the area's many trails for sweeping views from above. Or drive to the Old Irwin Cemetery and wander amongst storied gravestones from the old silver mining camp.

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This story first appeared in the August 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.