Cathedral Lake, Aspen, Colorado

I'm in Aspen for two days on a work-related trip, but while I'm in this gorgeous part of our state I thought I'd rise early to enjoy some time on a trail. The Cathedral Lake Trail was a perfect option: close to my hotel, a round-trip of only 6 miles...but in that short distance, a juicy variety of mountain scenery.

It was pretty dark on the ascent, but the sun was up by the time I reached the lake itself and I snapped a few photos on the way back to the car.

Enjoy...and see you on the trail!

 Cathedral Lake.

Cathedral Lake.

 The "cathedral" rocks around Cathedral Lake.

The "cathedral" rocks around Cathedral Lake.

 I cannot get enough of glacial lakes.

I cannot get enough of glacial lakes.

 Looking back at the trail I climbed to reach the lake.

Looking back at the trail I climbed to reach the lake.

 Next time, if I have more time I'll climb higher; the trail continues to Electric Pass.

Next time, if I have more time I'll climb higher; the trail continues to Electric Pass.

 On the way back down the trail.

On the way back down the trail.

 The sun got intense pretty quickly this morning.

The sun got intense pretty quickly this morning.

 The wildflowers were amazing, given that it's already August.

The wildflowers were amazing, given that it's already August.