Mica Lake is a rarely-visited lake only a short scramble from the wildly popular Lake Solitude.
Distance from Downtown
Time to Complete
Half to full-day
Free to hike; backcountry camping permits are $25
A 20-minute wander up a boulder field from Lake Solitude, Mica Lake affords solitude that Lake Solitude ironically does not. Lake Solitude is rightly one of the park’s most popular longer day hikes. But it's often loaded with visitors. There isn’t any official trail going to Mica Lake, hanging in a hidden amphitheater to the southeast of Lake Solitude, but it’s not difficult to find. Any effort spent finding it is worthy too.
Mica Lake is one of the park’s most picturesque lakes and, despite how easy it is to get to from Lake Solitude, is rarely visited, making it a highly worthwhile destination. From Lake Solitude, head south and east a bit. Check out where Mica Lake is on your GTNP map. You should see a stream coming down through boulders in this area. That stream comes from Mica Lake. The boulders you’re walking through are large and fairly stable. There’s little loose scree here. Mica Lake is about 400 vertical feet above Lake Solitude. It should take you about 20-30 minutes to scramble your way there. Once there, chances are 99-percent you’ll have it to yourself. Unless you meet me up there! It’s one of my favorite spots in the park. I’ve never spent the night there though.
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