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Photo Essay: Lake Nokoni via North Inlet Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

High Point

High Point:
10,773 feet

Total Ascent

Total Ascent:
2,913 ft




20 miles


40.256773, -105.81454

Route Type

Route Type:
Out and back

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Lake Nokoni (10,773′) is located 9.8 miles from North Inlet Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. It fills a large, steep-walled bowl carved from Ptarmigan Mountain (12,324′) in the upper reaches of an isolated valley.

I hiked up to Lake Nokoni while backpacking on September 3, 2021.  I did a pretty detailed photographic survey of the lake.  This is my photo essay.

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Photography for this article provided by Brian Hamilton, who hiked this trail on a weekend backpacking outing on September 3 to 5, 2021.  Skyblue Overland uses SmugMug, a paid image sharing, image hosting service, and online video platform on which users can upload photos and videos. The SmugMug also facilitates the sale of digital and print media for amateur and professional photographers. See Skyblue Overland’s Adventure Photo Galleries from the Best Trails in Colorado at  To see even more photos from my adventure see my North Inlet Trail Gallery.

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