Located within Glacier Gorge, Mills and Jewel Lake provide dramatic views of the surrounding peaks. Mills Lake is named in honor of Enos Mills (1870-1914), who is considered the father of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The view from Mills Lake towards Longs Peak is the image used on the 2006 Colorado State Quarter.
Trailhead: Glacier Gorge Trailhead
Round trip: Jewel Lake 6 miles/ 9.6 km
Elevation: 9,240′-9,990′ (+750′) / 2,816 m – 3,045 m (+229 m)
The winter route was used because of the time of year, bypassing Alberta Falls and intersecting with the summer trail about 50 ft from the Loch Trail/Glacier Gorge intersection.
The lakes are located inside Rocky Mountain National Park.