Having hiked in the
Rocky Mountain National Park
times over the years one
sad aspect to my trips has been watching areas slowly turning
brown as the ongoing outbreak of
mountain pine beetles
takes its toll.
Most of our camping was done in the
area of the
Never Summer Mountains
Sights included areas known as Little Yellowstone, Sawmill Creek,
and Skeleton Gulch - plus several populations of
Most people know the valley as the headwaters
which begins in a marshy area just below
La Poudre Pass.
Of course like everything else in the Colorado River's journey
to the sea people have made things complicated.
A structure called the
was dug by hand in the 1890s before the National Park
was created. The structure collects water from snow
melt on the west side of the continental divide and
carries it across the divide to people and farms
in the east.
One of our stops while hiking in this area was at the abandoned remains of
which for a few years in the late 1800s was a bustling town of 200 people
that had a hotel, lumber mill, and post office.
The humans abandoned the settlement as soon as it became
clear that silver mining wouldn't be profitable,
but the area continues to have plenty of wildlife including
Yellow Bellied Marmots,
and the usual complement of squirrels and song birds.
We spent the our remaining time exploring the
area around the Cow Creek Trailhead North of
Sights included the Lost Meadow camp sites and
views of the
As always I took a few pictures of Warren as he hiked,
rested, and attempted to navigate. And he took one of
me at the airport as I was collecting my bags.
Panoramic images were created using the Pandora plugin for GIMP.
Last Updated: 12/6/2015 - Anthony Anderberg - firstname.lastname@example.org