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A Night Amidst the Majesty: Backpacking at South Colony Lakes

Nestled amidst the towering peaks of Colorado's majestic mountains, South Colony Lakes beckon adventurers with promises of rugged beauty and untamed wilderness. Recently, I embarked on a short backpacking journey to this picturesque destination, accompanied by my trusty companions, Amoo Ardalan and Aspen. What ensued was an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring vistas, unexpected challenges, and moments of pure tranquility.

Day 1: The Journey Begins

Our adventure commenced with a scenic drive from Colorado Springs to South Colony Lakes, a journey spanning 10.5 miles and offering glimpses of the region's breathtaking landscapes. As we approached our destination, the rugged terrain grew ever more imposing, hinting at the rugged beauty that awaited us.

Upon reaching the trailhead, we embarked on the hike to the lakes, a trek adorned with vibrant wildflowers and the melodic songs of native birds. Despite the ominous clouds looming overhead, the rain held off until we reached our campsite by the lake. Then, as if on cue, a deluge descended upon us, drenching everything in its path. Yet, amidst the chaos of the storm, there was a sense of camaraderie and resilience as we huddled together, determined to weather the elements.

Day 2: A Test of Resolve

With the dawn of a new day, we set our sights on conquering Humboldt Peak, a formidable challenge that awaited us. Ascending the rocky slopes, we pushed ourselves to the limit, fueled by a shared sense of determination and adventure. However, as we neared the summit and encountered increasingly treacherous terrain, we made the difficult decision to turn back, mindful of our safety amidst the unpredictable mountain conditions.

Reflecting on the Journey

As we descended back to the serenity of the lakeside, we couldn't help but feel a profound sense of gratitude for the experience. Despite the setbacks and challenges we faced, the journey had been nothing short of transformative. From the camaraderie forged in the midst of a mountain storm to the moments of quiet reflection by the tranquil waters, each step of the way had left an indelible mark on our souls.

Itinerary Recap:

  • Day 1: Drive to South Colony Lakes from Colorado Springs, followed by a scenic hike to the lakeside campsite.

  • Day 2: Attempted to summit Humboldt Peak, reaching an elevation of 13,000 feet before descending back to the lakes.

In the end, our night amidst the majesty of South Colony Lakes was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless beauty of the natural world. As we bid farewell to this enchanting wilderness, we carried with us memories that would last a lifetime, serving as a reminder of the transformative power of adventure and exploration.

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If you're inspired to embark on your own outdoor adventure or capture the beauty of Colorado's landscapes through photography, I would love to hear from you. Please visit my website at or contact me directly at Let's embark on a journey together and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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