Mirror Lake Backcountry Campsite offers three individual sites in spruce groves below 11,020-foot Mirror Lake, the northernmost lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Mirror Lake, nestled at the southern end of a rugged glacier-carved gorge, is one of the park’s beauty spots. The scenery, dramatic with rock faces towering above the placid lake, is a perfect backpacking destination. The distance from Corral Creek Trailhead to Mirror Lake is six miles. The hike follows Corral Camp, Poudre River, Mummy Pass, and Mirror Lake trails, gaining 1,000 feet of elevation. Allow six to eight hours to hike to the campsite. There’s no privy for the sites, so bring wag bags for waste disposal. Get water from Cascade Creek. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by mid-July.
Recommended season(s): July through September.
—Stewart M. Green