Emily and Coty | Dream Lake Engagement | Rocky Mountain National Park
Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Engagement Photographer
Last week, the 2:00am wake up call to head up the canyon and into Rocky Mountain National Park came a few times… twice to be exact. On Friday, I left my house and hoped in my yellow jeep at 2:30 am to meet Emily and Coty at the Bear Lake Trailhead. We started hiking around 4:30 to be sure that we made it to the lake before Alpenglow hit Hallett Peak. 2019 has been quite an interesting year here in Colorado – we still have a TON of snow in the high country this June. I had read the trip reports for Dream Lake the night before, and knew we’d encounter some snow… but I was surprised at how much there truly was left. Half of the lake was still frozen, and the trail up had a ton of icy snowpack on it.
Starting on the dirt/snow trail up to Dream Lake in the dark, we made great time and made it with more than enough time before Alpenglow hit. As we were hiking up, you could see that the sky was incredibly clear – meaning we’d have an amazing red sky and mountain tops. And amazing was indeed what we got. Hallett and Flattop Peaks lit up an amazing pink and red – and stayed colored for quite some time.
While up at the lake, we walked around in the snow and climbed over rocks. Towards the end of our time up at Dream, Emily and Coty got into the water – while I nearly fully submerged myself photographing them. One of these days, I’ll remember to bring waders to a shoot. One day. Until then, I’ll continue freezing myself and getting soggy shoes 😉
Once we descended down the mountain and headed back toward Estes Park, we made a quick pit-stop at the Beaver Ponds near Moraine Valley for a few images. Though the snow can be a pain in the rear to hike in, it sure looks majestic up on the peaks against a Blue Bird sky.
Thank you for adventuring with me, Emily and Coty, and for heading up the mountain in the dark. I hope that you enjoyed your time here in Colorado!!