Ledge Lake And Vicinity
From the top of Dead Horse Pass you'll have a wonderful view of the east side of the Rock Creek Basin. The south side of Dead Horse Pass is nothing like the north; it's a switchback or two and an easy descent to flat terrain in the bottom. From here, the trail continues on above timberline for about a mile before dropping into pockets of timber.
Shortly after dropping below timberline you'll come to Ledge Lake. The lake is set against a rocky outcrop that rings the north side of the lake. It is surrounded by timber and is relatively flat, which makes it a great spot to camp. There are meadows to the south of the lake that also make for great camping spots. They are also good places to look for wildlife in the morning and evenings.
After Ledge Lake, the trail continues west through patches of timber and meadows. The timber will become denser as you move farther west, which begins to make it difficult to see the surrounding mountains. It also becomes difficult to find the trail at times as you get closer to Rock Creek.
In August of 2020, the East Fork Fire started in the Rock Creek drainage and burned much of the watershed below the Highline Trail in this area. Trail closures in this area have persisted since the fire began. Information about the fire and current trail restrictions can be found on our Facebook page and at .