After some quiet days with a lot of scattered rain, we hiked up to the Willow lakes. It was another 3000ft elevation hike, but we felt a lot better than before.
Also the first time we really started in the dark (with headlamps), which was interesting. We didn’t run into any wildlife though. They were probably scared by all the (bow)hunters we saw.
Fab trying hiking poles for the first time;)
After having a little recovery after the big hike, we did a small loop to Rainbow Lake after work. On the way back on Masontown trail we encountered Tony. Tony was generally friendly and didn’t say much. However, he was also quite adamant about us not continuing on that particular trail. We ended up taking a little detour.
In case you’re wondering, this is Tony:
On the 6th day we finally did another big hike. We decided to go with a loop around Mt Buffalo (https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/gore-range-trail-to-meadow-creek-trail-loop). It ended up being 13.2 miles (21.2km) and 3400ft elevation gain (1036m), since we used a different trail head than in the linked map.
We started before sunrise and had really beautiful views on the way up.
This time with more pictures of Fab 😉
Sunrise through the trees:
Fab in front of Mt Buffalo:
Looking towards Red Peak:
Melting water lakes:
Fab taking pictures …. again:
Liz was also around:
On our fourth day in Summit County we decided to try and tackle Peak 1 and the Tenmile peak. Emphasis on ‘try’ as the altitude did beat us in the end we turned around short of Peak 1 summit. Of course not without having enjoyed a lot of great views past Victoria summit.
Overall we still managed to do about 3400ft (1036m) of elevation in a little over 6 miles. Definitely felt a lot better compare to our short outing before.
A couple more pictures this time:
Gaining some elevation:
What much of the trail looked like:
More interesting trees:
Dillon from our highest point (a stone throw short of Peak 1):
On the third day we decided to recover a bit and went for a drive again. The highest paved road in North America is conveniently only about an hour away from Dillon. So we decided to pay Mt Evans a visit. While quite touristy, it still afforded us quite some nice views. At 14,271ft (4350 m) we felt the elevation quite a bit again and we were quite happy we didn’t try to hike it 😉
Morning from our cabin:
Observatory on top of Mt Evans:
Wild mountain goat roaming through the parking lot:
We better get out of here: