Solitude

Daisies Rocky Mountain NP 019For our last day at Rocky Mountain National Park, we finally found a bit of solitude. We chose the less popular trail to Ypsilon Lake in the Mummy Range.

It wasn’t really a beautiful day – cloudy, chilly and a bit damp. But, that meant we only saw one person on the trail out to the Lake! Unfortunately, it also meant that we were freezing by the time we got to the Lake at 10,000+ feet.

Cloudy Lake Rocky Mountain NP 007

We hung around for awhile, had lunch and were rewarded with a bit of sun shining …

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Little Trees Rocky Mountain NP 026

As we left the Lake, we hiked up the stream that feeds it. Another 800 feet of climbing over a half-mile would have gotten us to Spectacle Lakes but it was just too cold! It was a beautiful spot, though. Some of the wildflowers were still in bloom. I wish it had been sunny (and I knew anything about taking photos) – I think you could have gotten a great shot!

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Our Hiking Guide had suggested this photo at Chipmunk Lake:

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Close to the Trailhead, we stopped for this last photo of Longs Peak. I may have to do a retrospective with all the photos I took (or tried to take) of this mountain. It is the highest point in the Park. You can hike it but you have to leave at 1 AM, so that probably isn’t in our future (although I would like to try)!

Longs Peak Rocky Mountain NP 100

This is the last of my pictures from Rocky Mountain National Park. I’m writing this as we prepare to leave Denver for nearby Golden, CO (Friday.) We have spent the last four nights at the Cherry Creek State Park. It is a great State Park near the city. I didn’t take any pictures, though! We shopped, hung around camp, went to the gym, sewed two days (or at least I did after Alan spent half of one day adjusting my sewing machine), and went into town to see the Denver Art Museum (which was pretty nice, BTW.)

Miles Hiked: 9
Total Miles Hiked: 215

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