To reach Frozen Lake, hike to Black Lake, follow the path to the east of Black Lakes shore up a steady unmaintained trail. Steady elevation gain will lead you to the upper Glacier Gorge area. From here the path is pretty easy to follow if you know what direction Frozen Lake is. You want to keep heading south towards the Spearhead.
Frozen Lake sits on the southwest shelf of the Spearhead. Follow cairns with caution out here. We started on the west side of the stream and crossed over to the east side, where a visible path through overgrown vegetation comes into sight. Once through the bush two strategically placed cairns lead the way.
Climb up the granite shelf, hands may be needed and the rock can get slippery when wet, so use caution. Head towards the Spearhead and look for 3 car-sized boulders. Keep heading west from here until the elusive, less visited Frozen Lake comes into view.
We descended 30ft down to the northwest mouth of the lake for some spectacular views of the Spearhead and Chiefs Head Peak.
If your into birding and don’t mind hiking far distances we saw several White-tailed Ptarmigan here. They were not spooked by us at all and we actually had to walk around them taking another path up back to the shelf.
Route we Took to Reach Frozen Lake
We hiked Frozen Lake along with the other Lakes located in the upper Glacier Gorge, Green Lake and Blue Lake. Here’s the route we took that got us to these less visited lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park.