Thursday, July 14, 2016

Baldy Cinco Hike July 13, 2016

Seven hikers met at the Pass at 9 a.m., headed up the Continental Divide Trail/Colorado Trail.  Then they veered off to climb Baldy Cinco. They came down, descended the canyon, and drove to the ice cream, then home by about 4:30.  

We were pleased to have Dr. Mike and George from the Creede area back with us.  George's new knee seems to be functioning very well.

The numerous Columbines and millions of other, smaller flowers decorated almost every square inch of the alpine tundra, except the trail and the scattered big rocks.  

This hike is always beautiful.  Today's sunny skies (after New Mexico fire smoke was blown eastward) were clear and lovely.

This hike offered a rare high-altitude view of vast alpine landscapes, with high mountains surrounding us on all sides, as if they formed a distant rocky fence.  What a beautiful, high-altitude landscape is ours.  I hope to continue to visit it more frequently.

Remember the moonlight night picnic and walk in the moonlight this weekend.  This is a special event related to the nearly full moon on top of Shaw Mesa.  We appreciate the natural moonlight as we walk on virtually flat ground.  Contact Dennis Shepherd if you've forgotten the details:

We plan on hikes next Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.  If you would be so kind as to check your e-mails the day before you may find occasional changes such as this one which was started at 8 a.m. due to the long driving distance and the ice cream plan (which we enjoyed).

6 of the 7



Nice combo

Alpine Paintbrush


Sky Pilot?

Wetterhorn/Matterhorn/Uncompahgre Pks    visible from Snow Mesa

2-color columbines

Purple fringe

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