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Trail: Lyle-Mormon Lakes #1919
Region: Frying Pan River Valley
Difficulty: moderate
Description: The trail goes through acres of broad valleys and scattered trees for the first 1.5 miles to Lyle Lake. About 300 feet above and 1/4 of a mile further than Lyle Lake is a tarn (a small lake) one might want to explore before going on to Mormon Lake. Once getting to Lyle Lake you have two choices on how to get to Mormon Lake; the path to the right is shorter, but involves crossing a small boulder field. Follow the trail over the crest and get ready for a gentle traverse. You will climb until you get on another crest and down a rocky slope. At the bottom of this slope begin traversing the wall at the valley's head to a grassy vale, pass a tarn on your left, veering left and you then will be able to see Mormon Lake 80 feet below.
Directions: From Basalt, drive 33 miles up Frying Pan River Road until pavement ends. Keep left and go 10 miles until reaching a sign for Hagerman Pass. Turn left on Road 105, drive 100 feet to parking lot.
Map: USGS Nast


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