Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving! I kept with the old tradition of being active on Thanksgiving Day. I drove up to Loveland Pass and went for a hike. I climbed Mt. Sniktau (13,234 Ft.) It is a short hike. It is a little less than 3.5 miles round trip. Perfect for a Thanksgiving hike. The weather was great. Denver had temperatures in the 60’s. Obviously, it was a bit colder in the mountains. It wasn’t bad considering the elevation. The wind was not a problem until I reached the ridgeline. I had to put on the extra clothing because of the wind. It was beautiful hike. I had climbed Mt. Sniktau before in June of 2007. It is a cool short hike that is completely above tree line. Just as I was leaving the summit, I saw a bighorn sheep. I think we saw each other at the same time. I managed to get a zoom picture before he got out of sight. Here are the pictures from hike.

The ridgeline. Mt. Sniktau is not visible.

Mt. Sniktau

Looking east from Mt. Sniktau. I-70 down below

Torreys Peak

The tunnel and Loveland Ski area


Bighorn sheep

Strange snow formations.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Walking on Sunshine

The weather has been beautiful this week, and it is only going to get better. I hiked to the Summer White House ruins in Mt. Falcon Open Space Park. I've been here before several times. I was going to eat lunch on some rocks that overlook Denver, but the lady bugs ruled the rocks. So I walked 100 yards down the trail to a bench that overlooked Mt. Evans and Longs Peak. It was real hard to deal with that view:)