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Photo Essay: Lake Haiyaha, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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The word haiyaha – a Native American word for rock – describes this secluded, boulder-riddled lake in lower Chaos Canyon. Glaciers carved this basin into the landscape thousands of years ago; they gouged out the valley and deposited boulders throughout the basin. The Continental Divide runs along the edge of the precipice overlooking the basin, with Hallet Peak (12,713 ft) and Otis Peak (12,486 ft).

Here’s my photo essay from my hike on July 5, 2020.