Took a left here, but the trail faded to nothing
Deb made this
Trying to find the trail up to the Divide, couldn't so went back down to the East fork trail.
We'll be back after Hardrock with some GPS tracks and will find it.
These were pretty cool
Bear print as big as Deb's foot....and it was fresh, so walking just ahead of us.
The Divide in the distance, our destination
Water everywhere up here!
Elk herd spotted
Why are they afraid of us, they're enormous!
I think this is supposed to be some Elk going up the mountainside, but I can't see them
We came over a rise and we came upon another huge herd.
This is a meadow up around 11,800'
They see us sitting having lunch
Up the hillside they go...awesome watching them "run" up this steep hill at near 12,000'
Nearing the top now, near a snow cornice
Better resolution in a photo
Water everywhere underfoot up here, our feet were soaked
This is where the Elk were. They ran to the left of those trees and up over the cornice.
I can see why they like it in this spot, I'd love to have a house right here!
The Divide in the distance
Bighorn sheep, we considered this a good Hardrock omen seeing him.
This is the Hardrock 100 icon
The Bighorns walking away from us, they had no fear unlike the Elk
Up on the lower Divide section where we got turned around last week.
Here it is about 12,200'
Where we're headed
Looking down on the south side of the Divide, down into the Pecos wilderness
Just to the right of that last photo
More Elk up ahead of us
These tiny flowers were everywhere underfoot
The Truchas wilderness.
We're now up on the high point of the Divide trying to figure out where to go. It's like a massive football field up here!
Looking South towards Santa Fe
That meadow down below is where we were having lunch watching the Elk. That is the cornice to the left.
I'm thinking this is the high point
Incredibly windy up here....and we had no idea where to go!
Wandering around up at 12,700'
Awesome up here
We followed some cairns to this sign, which told us to go right here. It was the right way, but the wrong trail. We wanted the West Fork trail, this happened to be the Middle Fork trail.
If I only had a map...
Man, there was a LOT of snow covering this trail
We wandered down the hill a bit to see if we could avoid all the snow, but were worried about getting lost, so climbed back up and followed it the best we could, which meant a lot of snow postholing.
Many river crossings
Deb peeling off layers in a sunny spot
This was a nice trail that has been well cared for
We still "thought" we were on the West Fork trail.
Another river crossing, this one's deep
Deb found a shallower section to cross
We're happy to see the car after 8.5 hours of trail riking
Soaking the legs and feet after a long day
Coke, Kombucha and dirty trail shoes :-)