Sunday, March 15, 2009

Return To Deer Mountain

Yesterday, I hiked to the top of Deer Mountain (10,013 Ft.) in Rocky Mountain National Park. I tried climbing this mountain last April, and I got to about a half mile from the top. Unfortunately the trail disappeared and the snow was too deep for someone without snowshoes. I vowed to come back, and yesterday was the day. There is not a lot of snow this year; however, I still lost the trail in the snow at about the same spot as last year. This time I had snowshoes with me. So I put them on and took a direct path to the top. It wasn't the easiest way, but it got me there. I probably could have done it without snowshoes. The snow is not even close to what it was last year. The top of Deer Mountain has a good view of Estes Park, Moraine Park, and Longs Peak. From the top I was able to find the actual trail and follow it back to where I lost it.

Longs Peak, Moraine Park, & Me.

Estes Park

Me on the summit of Deer Mountain

Monday, March 09, 2009


The weather in Denver has been sunny and nice. Denver set record highs 3 days in a row last week. Anyway, I was out wandering the trails along Bear Creek when I came across a sign. It was a Happy Birthday sign for Pops. It was in the same area where someone put a Happy Birthday sign for Carter about a little over a year ago. I was surprised to see the sign so I took a picture of it.

Happy Birthday Pops!!!


Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Blog Remains The Same

It has been an interesting week to say the least, but the blog remains the same. Onward with today’s adventure where I went to Rocky Mountain National Park for hike. I broke out the snowshoes and hiked to Emerald Lake. It was a relatively easy hike. The snow was hard packed. I probably could have gotten away without the snowshoes, but it was more fun to have them. Anyway, here are the photos. It is hard to capture the beauty of this place.

Nymph Lake

Dream Lake

Emerald Lake

Me on Emerald Lake

Looking up at Hallett Peak

Ice on Emerald Lake

Looking at Longs Peak & Glacier Gorge