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.
Next hikes: 
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.


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