Took a quick hike up Spencer Peak. I began up the Colorado Trail out of Little Molas Lake.
The trail starts through forest for just a little bit.
The forest quickly ends and good views can be seen all around.
There are tons of flowers.
I decided to leave the Colorado Trail and head up towards the Grand Turk/Sultan Mountain group. At this point I was still not sure what my final distination would be.
I guess that I should have stayed on the Colorado Trail as I briefly rejoined it here.
Looking towards Bear Creek Basin. I think that is Bear Mountain on the right.
I came upon this Climate Research Study Area.
Study Area with Little Molas Lake in the distance.
More flower pictures.
Getting up high in the basin. Looking South East towards the Needle Mountains.
Last bit of climbing to get to the saddle.
Another random flower shot
Looking across the saddle.
I ended up going up the mountain to the left and then descended across the saddle to the mountain on the right (Spencer Peak).
I was going to go up this. Glad that I decided not to as it looks tricky to get to the true summit.
On top of Spencer Peak (13,087'). There was a summit register here and I learned that this peak was reciently named after Donald Spencer who won the 1989 National Medal of Science for his work in Mathematics.
Looking across a Ice Lakes Basin. Still a lot of snow over there.
Lookiing over a Sultan Mountain (13,368')
And just to the right is Grand Turk (13,087')
Molas Lake and the mountains beyond.
Looking South towards Durango. I think that Mountain on the right is Engineer Mountain (12,613')
On the descent
Looking down on the Colorado Trail
Almost back at Little Molas Lake.
View of Spencer Peak from US-550 on my way to Silverton. The Peak is the one on the left in the back.