- Date hiked: 10/10/2020
- Hiked from: Lake Irene Picnic Area
- Distance hiked: .2 Miles, maybe
- Total elevation gain: 0
- Maintained trail: Yes
- Overall Difficulty: 1/10
- Overall Views: 5/10 – I prefer mountain lakes located in cirques but that’s just my opinion. This is a beautiful alpine lake that’s surrounded by trees and can make a great spot for a picnic.
Lake Irene is ideal for sunrise and sunset compositions, as the loop trail in its entirety is 0.5 miles. It has an elevation of 10,600 feet above sea level. A popular picnic area adorns the far end of the parking lot. This evening we visited we were fortunate to witness a colorful sunset as a backdrop to the calm waters of Lake Irene.
Lake Irene at Sunset Video
Located right off Trail Ridge Road, about 4.5 miles south of the Alpine Visitor Center, on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Due to it’s located and proximity to the parking area, this is a great destination to bring kids for a short hike. There are restrooms and picnic tables located at the parking lot. Lots of families may choose this spot for an afternoon picnic if it’s not too crowded.
The short hike around Lake Irene offers good chance to see some nice reflections on the lake. Continue on the trail past Lake Irene to an overlook of some meadows.