I ended up going hiking for the first time this year in September. I know, I know, it's just a little late in the season for a first hike, but at least I got to the mountains. We ended up at Moraine Lake. I'd never been there before, so I was unprepared for the huge crowds of people in the parking lot, but it was still great. After hiking for just 15 or 20 minutes, most of the crowds were gone.
The lake was so clear and blue, it was amazing. The water was really cold though.
Since the trail went along the lake shore, there was next to no elevation gain. There were still incredible views to be had though.
It's surprising how much snow was still in the higher elevations.
As soon as I saw that dry spot on the rock, I knew I had to get there. I was drawn to it like a three year old to a puddle, I couldn't help it. I only got one foot a little wet. Apparently my legs aren't as long as I thought they were.
The trail looks like it belongs in a fairy tale to me.
This photo was taken at the end of the trail. That “small” (at least in this photo) hill of boulders at the opposite side of the lake? That was at the trail head. We hiked along the left side of the lake.
If you're looking for a beautiful hike that's flat and doesn't take very long, I would definitely recommend Moraine Lake. Just be aware that at the trail head it'll feel like you're there with tons of people cause it's such a popular hike. But once you hike for a bit it's not nearly as busy.