Road's End is the trail head parking and day use area at the beginning of the the Lamoille Canyon. The mountains surrounding the bowl at Road's End are just teasers for the rest of the range. The trail through Liberty Pass heads off into the Wilderness area for 35 miles passing under Liberty Peak at almost 12,000 feet. For a day hike though there are several options that include four lakes in a loop.
Without looking at the map I assumed Liberty Pass was in the middle of the pic below, but taking a closer look I think it actually turns off to the right and then goes behind these mountains.
My friend Patti who is camp hosting at Thomas Canyon had warned me that reports were the hiker's trail was snowed in, but the horse trail was relatively clear. The hiking trail follows Lamoille Creek on the north slope while the horse trail is on the more exposed southern slope. (Also a more gradual climb :).
In the parking lot I had seen a young couple with snow boards and was hoping to see them again on the mountains. But as it turned out, they had all ready hiked up the canyon AND snowboarded back down! If you look closely at the pic you can see their tracks.
The trail was very rocky and almost always full of water creating a very challenging hike, more like climbing stairs. I crossed several small snow drifts across the trail, but I could see it was probably going to stop me soon.
The beginning elevation at Road's End is 8800 and I hiked an hour and a half to this point where I finally had to call it quits for this trip. Next time I will do a loop up the horse trail to Lamoille Lake, then on to Liberty Lake before to turning back to pass the two Dollar Lakes on my way back down the hiking trail.
I knew the snow would stop me before the lakes, so no disappointments, and with these gorgeous views all the way back down.