The 4.4-mile, round-trip hike to Lake Haiyaha climbs from the Bear Lake Trailhead to an alpine lake at the mouth of Chaos Canyon in Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake, surrounded by jumbled boulders just below timberline, is dominated by 12,713-foot Hallett Peak on the north and 12,486-foot Otis Peak on the south. Haiyaha itself is a Native American word roughly translated as “lake of many rocks.” The popular trail, gaining 745 feet in 2.2 miles, takes two to three hours to hike round trip. The trail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built between 1930 and 1935 and remains a favorite hike for visitors.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–Stewart M. Green