We drove across western Colorado into Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, but that was the first time that I had been in the park. I've been playing in these mountains all of my life, but I guess that I never made it out there.
These are beaver ponds... back in the day they would dynamite these things.
... and a coyote from the car (he was too fast to photograph otherwise).
We camped somewhere (I forget now) and drove up the Fall River Road. It was
At the top is a visitor center with a beautiful panoramic view. Alpine tundra
We decided to take a couple of small hikes that day - this is called Alberta Falls,
and this is called Mills' Lake.
The next day we decided to hike Hallett Peak. I don't remember the stats, but I think this is a peak under 13,000 feet. It seems to me that the hike was decently long, like 9 miles, and actually had some good elevation gain (like 4000 feet). In fact, I think that this peak is easily as difficult as many of the BIG Colorado Fourteeners, but that's just my impression.
Here is the cliff on the approach to the peak:
There it is in the background.
We encountered a small snowfield - good thing I was wearing my glacier sunglasses
(good in BOTH the desert and the mountains, by the way!).
Here we are on Flattop Mountain - basically a false summit. Hallett springs out
of this for a last 30-40 minute climb up a steeper rock field.
We summited! In the background you can view Long's Peak, a famous Colorado
Fourteener (in this case I agree... Long's is much harder).
... and beautiful tundra flowers.
Here we are in a parking lot somewhere outside of the park. This is possibly
the coolest car EVER, so I just HAD to snap a picture of it. Notice the old lady
still sitting in it! I have no shame...
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