Paul and Jo at the start of the hike up Handies.
In a short time the trail started going up quickly.
The trail follows this stream for the first part.
First views of Handies.
We would see many marmonts during our trip.
These flowers are not looking too healthy
Looking back down canyon. In the distance is Redcloud and Sunshine peaks.
First encounter of snow
Jo working up the snow.
This snow patch was a little more tricky
We ran into to Don and Mike on the hike up Handies. They were out training for the Hardrock 100.
Working up the final summit ridge.
Summit shot on Handies. We had great weather. Some clouds but no storms.
Veiw down Grizzly Gulch and of Sunshine and Redcloud.
This guy was just posing for a shot.
After a sucessful summit of Handies, the next day we decided to go for 2 14ers, Sunshine and Redcloud.
Trail goes through some nice Aspen trees.
Looking back at Handies.
This was a huge pile of snow left over from avalanches.
View towards Redcloud.
Paul waiting for us to catch up.
We came across this small pond in the meadow.
The trail goes to the saddle and then continues up the skyline to the right.
Cool rock formations across the valley.
There is Redcloud starting to come into view.
Jo working up in the thin air.
All smiles and no oxygen.
Summit of Redcloud.
We ran into Richard and Don on top of Redcloud. They were also training for the Hardrock 100.
After Redcloud, we continued over to Sunshine.
On top of Sunshine.
We decided to descend down into the valley even though the sign warned us not to.
The route was steep and loose, but not too bad.
Now we just crused down the valley.
The next day we drove over Cinnamon Pass and into Silverton.
View from the top of the pass.
The 4runner did awesome in making it over the pass.
On the way to Silverton we stopped at the old mining town of Animas Forks.
Next up was a hike to the Highland Mary Lakes. This trailhead was located at the top of Cunningham Gulch.
The clouds were starting to build.
There were a lot of old pipes along the trail.
This groove though the rock was cut for the pipeline.
The lakes were located in the Weminuche Wilderness.
We were doing good keeping our feet dry.
No way to keep from getting wet now.
The first of many lakes. This one had an island in the middle. For some reason I could not get Paul to swim out to it for a photo oppertunity.
The Grenadier Range sticking up in the distance. The rain started next, so we returned to the car.
After a fine dinner in Silverton, set up camp outside of Silverton to put us in good position to hike up into the Ice Lakes Basin.
The day started clear with few clouds.
There are lots of waterfalls along this hike.
We would have wet feet this day also.
Crazy stream crossing. One slip here and you are going down the water fall. Luckily we did not have to cross it.
Looking back down where we started.
Check out that air.
After hiking in the Ice Lakes Basin we went to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and set up camp for the night.
We were treated to a great sunset.
The next day we hiked the Gunnison Route to the river. This trail drops around 1,700 feet in around 2 miles.
Wild Rose bushes on the way to the river.
Smell the scent.
The trail started off not too bad.
But got steeper and more loose as we dropped.
The famious chain section.
Lots O scree
At the river
This spider caught this big bug.
Going back up.
Since the weather sucked at Lizard Head Pass, we went to Mesa Verde.
Then we went on the Balcony House Tour.
Looking in a kiva
Spruce Tree House
After seeing Mesa Verde, we headed back to Los Alamos.