Monday, February 9, 2015

Hospital Hike Photos

Balmy Monday, February 9, 2015.  Amazing! A lack of snowshoes.  So, we hiked up the hills behind the county hospital to beautiful scenes in a vast area.  From the Sangre de Cristos--the longest (and skinniest) range in Colorado--to the South San Juans and the some of the rest of the San Juan Mountains--the greatest jumble of big peaks in the state.   Del Norte citizens have designed this trail (much longer that what we saw) with BLM backing and it is still under completion.  We will check the cactus out in April and May--two of the species seem ready to produce abundant blooms by late Spring; they have been spectacular reds and yellows in past years.
Next Monday we'll meet at the South Fork Visitor Center before 10 a.m. departure.  Is there any hope for deep snow?  If it comes, we'll put on our "big shoes" and walk slowly in deep snow.  If not, we'll put hiking boots on a trail and enjoy it.
—Doug Knudson     873-5239
14 hikers used a sunny day in January to visit the hills behind the County Hospital.  Two were new to the group.


back side of the hospital.  Upper Left--English Valley where we went last week.


The big D peak above Del Norte.


Going up to the rim of the hills S of Kevin Off's bison pasture


"What a view, with mountains all around!"  --one of our visitor's from Texas


That visitor with his famous sister.


Life was a struggle among these rocks


Alternative route upward--the path not taken


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