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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 2c

As mentioned in the previous post the other part of the second half of the day was a roadside geology tour.  In this post I will show you some of the photos from those stops.

Stop #1:  Glacial Till – Terminal Moraine (40 24.113N 105 36.289W)

RMNP - Stop #1:  Glacial Till - Terminal Moraine

Stop #2 – Sheep Lakes – Kettles (40 24.271N 105 37.120W)

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Stop #3:  Horseshoe Park – Ypsilon Mnt. – U Shape Valley

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Stop #4 – <Nothing found>

Stop #5 – Many Parks Curve – Long’s Peak

RMNP - Stop #5 - Many Parks Curve - Long's Peak

Stop #6 – Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

RMNP - Stop #6 - Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

RMNP - Stop #6 - Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

Stop #7 – Forest Canyon Overlook Terra Tomah Mtn

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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 2b

The second half of the day was a mixture of a roadside geology tour and a lets stop here for a few photos.  So, let me start by first showing some of the photos we took at random locations

Our first stop is for a Picnic near Sprague Lake with Hallett Peak in the distance

Sprague Lake Picnic AreaHallett Peak

We will stop along Highway36 for views of Ypsilon Mnt.

Ypsilon Peak

We will find a turnout (40.389431° / -105.611730°) that talks about the “Woodpecker Army” that did allot of work within the park

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We stop at a sign around West Horseshoe Park that talks about Horseshoe Inn that was once here

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We stopped at Hidden Valley and decided to leave this trail for another day

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One more photo to share in this post before showing the roadside geology tour

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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 2a

On on second day we head into an area know as Bear Lake and with our early morning start we catch one of the reasons for this name…

RMNP - Black Bear

We will reach the trail head at ~7:30AM and take the left path where most that travel here go right to Bear Lake itself and then turn back.

RMNP - Bear Lake Trail Head

Our first planned photo stop is Nymph Lake which takes us about 20 minute to reach since do stop to enjoy the views and take photos along the way,

Nymph Lake

About an hour into our morning hike, we reach a point on this path where you can split off toward Lake Haiyaha as well as Bear Lake but we are not headed toward either on this hike.

RMNP - Trail Route

We will reach Dream Lake a few minutes later…

RMNP - Dream Lake

Onto Emerald Lake next which puts us about 2 hours into the hike now.  Yea, a slow pace but we enjoy the journey as much as the destination…

RMNP - Emerald Lake

Time to head back but we will also enjoy the hike down as well as the light change changes the views.  So, here we are back at Dream Lake around 10AM.

RMNP - Dream Lake

Around 10:30 we get back to Nymph Lake

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We are back to the Trail Head at 10:45 and the parking lot is “Packed”; sure glad we started early.

Now you might ask what views between the lakes was there to see; who about this one…

RMNP - Bear Lake Trail

Time to go enjoy more of the park in others areas which will be covered in our next post…

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 9B

Once we completed our drive over Kebler Pass we pass over McClure Pass; (8,755ft)

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Found Hays Creek Falls just outside Redstone, CO

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From there we head toward Independence Pass with a stop first at the old Ghost Town

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We pass over the Continental Divide at Independence Pass; 12,095ft

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Time for lunch and we stop at one of our mountain favorites, the Golden Burro Cafe in Leadville

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We will then head towards Copper Mountain via Fremont Pass 11,318ft

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Once we reach Interstate 70 we head for home; 1,889 miles later

 
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Posted by on 06/09/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 9A

Our last day of this trip is all about taken a Scenic Drive taking in the Rocky Mountains.  As we leave Gunnison, CO we head up Hwy 135 towards Crested Butte,  It’s June and there is still snow in the high mountains ahead of us.

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Once pass Crested Butte, we take Gunnison County 12 to Kebler Pass where we will also catch one of the residents of the high mountains taking a break catching some morning sunshine.

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As we pass County 12E, we catch this view of Ruby Peak

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As we pass over a bridge we stop to enjoy this view below

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We catch this view of East Beckwith Mountain a bit farther down the road

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We make a stop near Road #706 to read about a trail head here (Lost Lake)

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Here is a shot we took of Marcellina Mountain

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We catch another view of East Beckwith Mountain as well

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Posted by on 06/09/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 4B

The second half of the day is primarily about Railfanning; our way, which is searching out remnants of railroad history…

As we pass through La Jara, CO we stop by the depot.  When we were here in 2005 it was being used as the Town Hall but now it looks to be back in railroad usage.  This was originally a D&RGW Passenger Depot.

La Jara, CO - D&RGW Passenger Depot

We next head over to Antonito to check on the Ex-Conejos Depot that is endangered.  The stone work makes this a unique building and is worth saving so I hope someone can obtain the funds and purpose to keep it from being lost to history.

Antonito - Ex-Conejos (D&RGW) Depot

Also here in Antonito is a historic hotel that belonged to the D&RGW that was built in 1890 and was called the Palace Hotel.  Railroads of the past often owned destination hotels / resorts / ships to maximize their revenue.

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As we head up over La Manga Pass (10,230ft) we stop at the Scenic Overlook on the eastern side; nice views!

La Manga Pass Scenic Overlook

We swung over to Cumbres Pass just to see what we might catch of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad but no trains in sight.  I will take a photo of one of the large trestles near Los Pinos from afar.

Los Pinos Trestle - Cumbres & Toltec

Also get a photo of the Los Pinos Water Tank from a different location

Los Pinos Water Tank - Cumbres & Toltec

One last photo for the day would be to get a nice shot of the Cumbres Pass Trestle that I had never gotten in the past.

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That’s it for Day #4 of our nine day trip…

 
 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 4A

On this day we get up early to head back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park to take a hike up to the Overlook.  Great views and some wildlife along the way as well…

Great Sand Dunes

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We will also stop by the lower area where most folks stop to enjoy the dunes…

Great Sand Dunes

From there we head over to Zapata Falls that we understood was an easy to moderate hike.  Well, the hike had a bit of a grade but not bad but once we got near the waterfall we got a huge shock.  To actually see the falls one has to forge there way up the water itself using cables that were supposed to be bolted into the rocks.  Several bolts were broke and there would be nothing easy to get the falls.  For Lisa this would be a useless hike but since we are here I tired to get upstream without getting hurt and did get at least near enough to the base for a few photos…

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In the above shot you can see part of the cables attached to the rock.  I was able to get just beyond that are into the hollow area before turning back.  I was wet up to my knees and later found the tennis-shoes I was wearings did not take kindly to getting wet.  Oh well, at least I got a few shots and we can mark this off out bucket list of waterfalls.

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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