Gothic Basin is a fun and rewarding hike that follows an old mining trail and shares some of the route with the Monte Cristo trail. This area is full of geologic and mining history which are fascinating if you have a change to read into it.
The rocks have fascinating features all along the way- but get a lot more interesting towards the top!
The primary destination of the hike is this lake, but there are a few tarns out there as well. I would highly recommend spending more than one day up here and summiting some of the awesome peaks in the area!
I made sure to bring my MP3 player and listen to gothic music just for a few chuckles. It was a good spot for some good music!