Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Hogback Mesa Hike--Tuesday
A relatively short and easy high altitude hike south of Del Norte Peak ended up as long and tiring. We explored a bit and became familiar with places unplanned and unknown to us, totaling 9.4 miles. Fortunately, the truck stayed obediently where it was left and then carried us home.
The high country scenery was spectacular, with everything from thick fog to bright blue and sunny skies.
Alpine flowers showed off abundantly. We interrupted a trip of 6 or 7 elk as they paraded in front of us twice.
Thursday with Dennis 9 a.m.
Monday with Wayne 9 a.m.
Tuesday up high with Doug 9 a.m. (probably no more than 6 miles)
A very select group
Death Camas/wand lily Lily family
5.5 elk on hogback mesa
Tables and Chairs in the fog
On the cliff of the mesa
Red rocks on Hogback Mesa Background--Del Norte Peak
Linda requested this rock and its 3 colors of lichens for her yard--no luck
Columbines at 12,200'
Ghostly remnant and replacements--a working forest.