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... t staying in the park this time we are staying in nearby Estes Park as all the park sites were full. Instead we hit the main visitor centre to try to get an idea of what to do, this involved watching a film that offered no assistance whatsoever. The weather is windy and not too nice so our options are a tiny bit limited. In the end we opted to do a well-known drive up into the hills. Basically it was a 2 hour round trip through hills ...
... in it. We saw an osprey soaring overhead there. We went up and up some more and came to Dream Lake. Dream Lake was really long and it took us a while to get to the other end. There were people fishing at this lake. We saw a Clark's Nutcracker there. Then we went up an even steeper trail with lots of steps made of logs and stone. At the top we found Emerald Lake which is surrounded by steep mountains on ...
... as they could be; why I thought they would be more dramatic at the end of winter I am not sure but I headed of all the same. When I got there I basically had a view of a vertical frozen lake – no water visible and just a sheet of snow.
So you may be thinking that I did not enjoy all this snowbound hiking…you’d be wrong it was great and the views of the mountains, including Longs Peak, were just fabulous.
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... started the trek up the Old Fall River Road. We saw the Alluvial Fan (an area that was flooded many years ago). Gorgeous waterfall and short hike to see it all. There are 2 parking areas. I think we did the East but the West might be a shorter hike. We also got some good shots from high on the ridge. We stopped at the visitor center at the top and it was quite nice and large and had a café but I think its run by Xanterra which I am not a huge fan of. ...
... lying down while the other looked around and ate the fauna! They are beautiful creatures and the mountains behind them just made the view unforgettable!! I wish we could have gone closer but we were to stay on the marked path - the tundra faces all aspects of weather and takes centuries to heal so the trails were built to prevent foot traffic from causing even more damage.
It was then time to head back for town..... what an amazing first day back in COLORADO :D