Hiking Ouray Colorado part 1
Trip Start May 28, 2012
72Trip End Sep 22, 2012
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My days have consisted of me cooking in my cabin, heading out for my hike, hitting the hot springs, making dinner, and going to bed (i have been getting 11 hours a sleep a night!)
Here is the first round of trails that I have done so far and some pics to go with it.....
Day 1- Perimeter trail of Ouray- 4 mile hike- 2 hours hiking-
-Highlights: waterfalls, deer, incredible views of Ouray.
Scenic drive to Owl Creek pass-2 hours round trip from Ouray
-Highlights: incredible panoramic views of the San Juans, Ate lunch in the meadow where they filmed the final gun battle in tru grit
Day 2- Ice lake- 7 miles hike- 3.5 hours of hiking
-Highlights- waterfalls, alpine tundra, wildflowers, glacier lakes, met a friend (Gregg) on the trail
Day 3 Blue Lakes 7 mile hike - 3.5 hours of hiking
-Well I didnt actually make the lakes. Backpacker magazine ranks this hike in the top 2 scenic hikes in north america. I was stopped 15 min from the lakes due to snow. I am determined to get up there. I am coming back later next week w/ snow shoes. I will get there! The scenery on the trail was spectacular.
Day 4 Bear Creek Trail- Grizzley Bear and Yellow Jacket Mines. 9 miles, 4 hours of hiking
-This trail easily is in my top 3 fav hikes of all time. Sheer cliffs on the side of the trail to 2,000 below added an element of danger that was cool. Literally, you slip, you will go to the bottom. Better not be afraid of heights on this one. Scenery was indescribable. Mountain panoramas, wild flowers, cliffs, rivers,waterfalls, mines, old abandoned buildings, and nobody else out there!
Enjoy the pictures~! (ps. I think my dog is going to sleep for years after this trip)