Lake Verna Backcountry Campsite is a single-site in rocky terrain on wooded benches above the north shore of Lake Verna in western Rocky Mountain National Park. The long lake, the largest in the East Inlet cirque, reflects surrounding high mountains, including Isolation Peak and Aiguille de Fleur, a towering cliff to the south. The lake offers good fishing and has a sandy beach on its east side. Reach the 10,280-foot campsite by hiking 6.9 miles up East Inlet Trail from East Inlet Trailhead on the east side of Grand Lake. The trail gains 1,890 feet of elevation, much on several steep sections. Allow up to seven hours to hike from car to camp. No privy is here so bring wag bags for proper sanitation. Get water from the outlet creek at the west end of the lake. Boil or treat water before use. Lake Verna Campsite is snow-free by July 9.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green