Sam, the campground host. He is 86 and ran Pike's Peak when he was 70!
We loved talking with him and his wife, Isabella...
Heading up the road out of the Santa Barbara CG to the Middle Fork trail
Deb's running already!
Nice Colorado looking views all day
Deb's doing some good running today
Many of the pictures I took are for Deb to paint someday
Awesome running trails
Plenty of water alongside all day
Santa Barbara River
Ooops, I forget where I was....Rio Santa Barbara
Sun and Rio
That's where we're headed, up there
We loved it here, Deb wants to move again...
Yeah, we started walking more when we got above 10K
Halfway up to the Divide, deep river crossing...
...but I found a log crossing upstream a bit ;-)
Deb was just a little nervous crossing the bouncy logs...the river was deep below them
At about 10,500 we started seeing the snow
Snow getting more
Now we are coming upon walls of snow that we have to climb up and then down the other side
Closer look at Chimayoso
The trail did get rough at times...or maybe this was looking up a rockslide
This was getting tiring, not to mention the altitude was getting to us. Remember, I've only been here 4 months!
Another rockslide to cross and the ridge gets yet closer
Now the snow is getting bad and deep, at times up to my mid thigh. As you can see, no footsteps, so we're the first to come up here since before the winter
Deb crawling under a downed tree, I hopped over.
The trail is disappearing under more snow
Like I said...
Where'd the trail go? It was impossible to find the trail now, but we tried and postholed onward ever hopeful to make it up on the Divide
This was our stopping point. Unnderneath there is water roaring, a river under the snow and we dared not step on the snow and possibly slip underneath. The snow on top was soft from the warm sun. We're at about 11,500' and had to turn around just before the steep switchbacks to the divide.
So we turned around and headed back...these are our footprints from coming up
Looking up at what we couldn't get to. We figured after looking at the map that we were within about a mile.
It was a great day!
We spotted a massive Beaver dam and was going to take a closer look...but we had to get across the Rio first.
And there it is, about 5 miles up from the campground. Some of those trees are 8-9 inches in diameter. That's one strong beaver!
Rio Santa Barbara heading north
Beautiful green meadows with flowers
This was a group heading up to the meadow near the Beaver dam with many dogs
We're now heading south on the Middle Fork trail to get in some more miles and to check it out
We ran out of water, so had to sterilize some from this creek with the Steripen
...and we had to scramble back up this hill to get back on the trail
Reminded me a lot of the trails in the Massanutten mountains in Virginia
Trail gone under the river
Nice trail leading down into the campground
...and there it is!
Done for the day, got up to around 11,500', possibly around 27 miles in 8 hours, which included many stops, including a 15 minute lunch break.
We were disappointed to not reach the divide, but not disappointed with the day we had....we will be back soon, the Divide waits for us.