In mid-June we drove over to the Sangre de Cristo Range in south-central Colorado for four days of backpacking in some new (to us) valleys along the eastern side of the range. As usual in June, there was less snow in the Sangres compared to most other Colorado mountain ranges, and it was great to get out for our first real multi-day alpine lake type of backpack trip this summer. Our loop route took us to Macey Lakes (included a spare day at Macey Lakes to relax and explore the basin a bit), then over an off trail pass route to Horn Lakes.
Probably due to it's close proximity and easy access from the town of Westcliffe, Macey Lakes seem to be quite "loved" (or abused, as evidenced by old campfires on the rocks and grass right next to the lake). If you go backpacking to alpine lakes like this, please resist the urge to camp and/or have a fire right next to the lake. It's better to camp in the woods a short ways away from the lake, that way you can help keep the lake shore pristine.