We had big plans for the day but the weather was not cooperating. Woke up to rain, drizzle, and fog. Needless to say, we were a bit disappointed and we were concerned about whether or not we would get to do all the trails we had planned. That concern wasn't going to keep us in town, though, so we headed out.
First on the list was Bullion King Lake. We headed up over Red Mountain Pass and had no trouble finding the trailhead. Without any ado we headed up towards the mine and lake. We decided on the way up that we would be taking the hike to the lake once we arrived at the parking area. The ascent did provide some breathtaking views when the clouds parted. It wasn't long before we were looking down on the clouds and Highway 550 far below.
The trail's switchbacks proved to be interesting but not really challenging, and the trail's narrow portions were also not too bad as we neared the mine and parking area. Once we crossed the pile of amazingly white mine tailings, the trail became a bit more difficult. Some tighter switchbacks and rock climbs were quite challenging and fun.
Once we arrived at the parking area, we immediately headed off on foot for Bullion King Lake. If you take this trail to the top, you must take the hike to the lake. The start of the hike was a bit chilly and we kept moving to keep warm. However, as we came nearer to the lake, the skies began to clear and the rain and drizzle ended. The lake itself is a must see and it is well worth the hike of maybe three-tenths of a mile or so. We enjoyed the scenery and soon headed back.
Once we returned to the Jeeps we headed back down the mountain. The drive down was much more interesting because we could actually see something besides fog. The trail seemed a bit more narrow, and in some places we seemed to really be hugging the rocks on the cliff side of the trail. The drive down was pretty much uneventful, though, and we were soon back at Highway 550.
This was a really enjoyable trip. The weather was on our side when we finished the trail and the skies were clearing with warming temperatures. Off to the next trail!