Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shoshoni Peak

Shoshoni Peak
Elevation: 12967 ft / 3952 m

Located in the Arapaho and the Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado, the Indian Peaks Wilderness area was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by Congress in 1978. The name was selected because many of the peaks within the wilderness are named for Native American tribes of the west. This wilderness area covers nearly 75,000 acres, following the Continental Divide south for nearly 16 miles, with the Rocky Mountain National Park as its northern border.

Indian Peaks contains vast areas of alpine tundra, numerous cirque basins with remnant glaciers, and nearly 50 lakes. Streams in the wilderness include Middle and South St. Vrain, Boulder, Buchanan, Cascade, and Arapaho Creeks. Elevations range from 8,400 to over 13,000 feet. The underlying rock of the Indian Peaks area is 80-90% Precambrian biotite gneiss formed approximately 1800 million years ago. The area has since been reshaped by at least six glacial sequences dating back 15,000 years.

"Water sustains all""
Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Horseshoe Mountain

Horseshoe Mtn, Colorado(4236 m) 13,898 feet

Horseshoe Mtn is a centennial peak (72nd highest in Colorado) that is shadowed by it's more popular though less aestetic neighbor Mt. Sherman. It is an easy class I walk-up. We did this hike on a weekend and saw only one other person on the trail. The views of the namesake cirque are breathtaking as one hikes up an old mining road to a saddle between Horseshoe Mountain and Peerless Mountain.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Redcloud Peak and Sunshine Peak

Redcloud Peak 4,277m (14,034 ft)
Sunshine Peak 4,267m (14,001 ft)
July 18, 2010
Trailhead: Silver Creek
Gain Elevation: 4250'
How you can go wrong with mountains that are red and sunny?
The colorful palette of the San Juan is on display.
We started from the Silver Creek trailhead at first light, following the trail as it ran along Silver Creek. There were a few stretches where the trail crossed talus fields, but for the most part, it was a good hiking trail.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The San Juan Mountains, Colorado

The San Juan Mountains are a rugged mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The area is highly mineralized (the Colorado Mineral Belt) and figured in the gold and silver mining industry of early Colorado. Major towns, all old mining camps, include Creede, Lake City, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. Large scale mining is now uneconomical in the region, although independent prospectors still work claims throughout the range. The last large scale holdouts were the Standard Metals operation near Silverton, which operated until late in the 20th century and the Idarado Mine on Red Mountain Pass that closed down in the 1970s. Another hold-out was the ill-fated Summitville mine on the eastern slope of the San Juans.

Sunset over Denver

Sunset over Denver (from Cherry Creek dam)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

The Indian Peaks Wilderness is a wilderness area in north central Colorado managed jointly by the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and small parts of the southern section of Rocky Mountain National Park. It borders the James Peak Wilderness to the south, and straddles the Continental Divide. The area receives high visitation due to its proximity to the Denver metropolitan area

Monday, July 5, 2010

Crested Butte Flowers

Designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the State Legislature in 1990, the 1880s mountain town’s celebration of nature’s amazing handiwork spans the peak of wildflower season and is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and appreciationof wildflowers through education and celebration.

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