Let's go! (I'm in the red poncho with the walking stick).
The hike took us through ferns and aspen.
There were a few rocks blocking the path that we needed to scramble over.
The fog gave an eerie feel to the forest.
We reached a nice rocky overcropping. This was a nice place for the group to all catch up. It also gave us a chance to stash away our rain gear and have a little snack.
Time to get moving!
Leaving the forest, we entered a beautiful alpine meadow.
The fog continued to roll in and out, but the rain held off.
After another climb, the group reassembled for another break (and another snack).
When the clouds moved, there was a spectacular view.
The sun actually came out in time for lunch. We all lined up like turtles on logs and sunned ourselves while enjoying lunch. I was even able to take off my fleece sweatshirt briefly!
Then we heard thunder in the distance and decided it was time to turn back. We didn't want to be caught on the mountain in a thunderstorm.
Despite what this looks like, I did not hold up the group while I put my gloves back on!
We headed back down a little faster than we climbed up ... trying to beat the storm.
About 5 minutes later, just as I was reaching the parking lot, the sky opened up and started pouring. I was able to get my poncho on and run to the car without getting too wet. The people about 10 minutes behind me weren't so lucky!
|Distance One Way||5 miles|
|Trailhead Elevation||9500 feet|
|Elevation Gain||-700 feet|
|Avg Time One Way||5 - 6 hours|