The Beaten Path certainly lives up to its reputation as a scenic trail; it was beautiful. You meander up the canyon on moderate trail with nice views back of East Rosebud Lake and valley. Then, the drama:
Elk Lake comes first – a lovely lake surrounded by mountains. The trail steepens, through rocky terrain, and TADA — a most amazing sight: Rimrock Lake, a pristine glacial body of water in a most dramatic setting. We had lunch at one end of the lake. Up, up passing Rainbow Lake where you hike high above the lake slabbing along the rocky hillside. We continued on to Big Park Lake on some steep trail, through trees. Big Park Lake was not exceptional – small and kind of marshy. The camp was large and had good flat spots, but just in the trees – no view.
Jerry was pretty tired and had rubbed one heel raw…ouch. We cooked dinner, did some yoga with Cherie and hit the sack at 8:15pm…we managed to stay up that late!