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At 11,668-feet, stop here for postcard worthy photos of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt, picnicking and hiking. Wildflowers dot the hillsides, revealing a fragile alpine tundra ecosystem. Please stay on the trail to protect the delicate flora. Three trails leave from here, the South Park/Square Top Lakes Trail which is a 4.3-mile round trip, the 14-mile Rosalie Trail, no need to walk the entire trail and the Mount Bierstadt Trail. Mount Bierstadt looms at an impressive 14,060-feet. The first mile is easy for every level, and you will be rewarded with heart-stirring views in every direction. Bonus is, you can brag that you hiked a Fourteener! Above the treeline the air is thinner, and the weather can change in an instant. Be prepared with a jacket and 10 essentials if hiking a long distance, and be alert for lightning.
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