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We did a nice little 13ish-mile loop through the Holy Cross Wilderness over the weekend with the dog. Everything is slower, bulkier, and heavier when we take the dog, so we took a lot of breaks climbing the 3000 feet to the top of the mountains. We spent the night at over 11,000 feet at either Lake Charles or Mystic Island Lake (I honestly don't know or care) and then had an easy hike back out this morning. I highly recommend this loop for the natural beauty, but make sure to download a GPS map.
Great little hike across Green Mountain yesterday. If you pinch and zoom, you can barely make out downtown Denver in the second and third photos. The smoke from the California wildfires makes it hard to see much of anything these days. #hiking...
Day 2 of my Wind River Range backpacking trip: I hiked down and around Lonesome Lake after breaking camp. It was just after dawn and I had the place all to myself. The views were incredible. You can see the mountains turn from gray to pink as the sun slowly hits them. Then I made a mad scramble up and over Texas Pass. To call this a real trail would be generous. It was more like a game trail that I had a hard time following. The rest of the day saw me ambling through meadows and around lakes as I lost elevation all the way back to the trailhead. Either I got the mileage wrong or was going very fast (or both), but I think I knocked out around 20 miles and popped out of the woods near my car at 1:30 p.m. I didn't want to wait around for sunset to make camp, so I just drove the 8 hours home so I could wake up in my own bed the next morning. It made for a very long and rewarding day.
FYI: Extreme activity followed by 8 hours of inactivity equals awful soreness. I should have stretched more, but it was very awkward doing solo, half-naked yoga in a crowded, gravel parking lot.
Day 1 of my Wind River Range backpacking trip: I got up early and drove 8 hours to the Big Sandy trailhead. I started hiking around 1:00 p.m. and knocked out 10 miles past Big Sandy Lake and up and over Jackass Pass. I camped above Lonesome Lake to stay above the mosquitoes. I was squarely in the middle of the Cirque of the Towers and got to watch the sun set behind the jagged peaks. These are the kinds of views you have to sweat to earn.
We dropped by a very crowded series of natural hot springs along the Rio Grande this weekend. This would have been better to do very early in the morning or very late at night. And without the annoying dog.