Out of the Mountains (Maroon Bells/Snowmass)

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Aug 22, 2008

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Spent 4 days hiking through the Maroon Bells/Snowmass wilderness. True alpine hiking. Made 4 passes all over 12,000 ft. Traversed "the loop" counterclockwise. Buckskin Pass, Trail Rider Pass, Frigid Air Pass, and West Maroon Pass. Got caught in a hail storm approaching Frigid Air Pass. The entry point was Maroon Lake trail head. This was a fantastic hike. Great scenery and challenging climbs. I highly recommend the #2 campsite at Geneva Lake. One of the best I've stayed at in 20 years of backpacking and hiking around the globe.

From my journal: As I look out between and above the trees, I see Snowmass Mtn. It's gigantic peak studded with a dark brown rocky ledge. Below, centuries of erosion have etched ravines into the side of the mountain. The gathering of rocky scree is colored battleship grey, descending down the slopes like a lava flow. Pockets of yet unmelted snow fields dot its appearance with brilliant white.

I sit in a nest of an ancient boulder hewn by the elements.The wind, rain, snow, ice, and the roots of its many neigbors has made for me a comfortable chair from which to take this all in. From my right, the alpine breeze whistles through the conifers carrying their fragrant and unique scent. The lake below is revealed from this ideal vantage point. Pure and clear, it glistens emerald-like, its hue altered ever so slightly toward blue where the sun hits the glittering ripples.

Quiet. Only the wind and trees speak. This is truly a mountain paradise.

Now in Vail for a little R&R. Will continue trek North tomorrow....unless something else interesting pops up. Now, need to get going to the Wine and Food Festival in Beaver Creek.

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Killer Photos - great entry
Thank you for sharing the photos. The reflection on the water through the trees is captivating. Enjoy the festival. Have a killer glass of red wine for me. Love - Frankie

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