|Old farming house with Teocalli Mountain - Prints Available|
|KD ready to go!|
Cami, KD and I drove down to the Brush Creek road with the intention of 4 wheeling up to the Teocalli Mountain trailhead to set up camp Wednesday night, but by the time we had everything loaded, it was almost dark and raining hard. We drove a couple hundred yards up the trail on the ATV and turned around to take refuge in the truck where we slept that night.
The next morning after sunrise, we headed back into town to grab some food and explore the scenery around Crested Butte before giving it another try that afternoon. The entire area was just filled with fields of color. Crested Butte is called the "wildflower capitol of Colorado." After this trip I'm inclined to agree with this label:
|Sunrise the first morning.|
|Mt. Crested Butte - Prints Available|
|Lupine Wildflowers - Prints Available|
We 4 wheeled up the road and set up the tent right at the base of Teocalli Mountain. KD is now 2 years old and getting much better at not driving her parents crazy on long trips. She loved riding the ATV and "helping Daddy drive."
I woke at 3am and headed out in the dark hoping for a unique sunrise view of Castle Peak, the tallest 14,000 ft. peak in the Elk Range. I reached the ridge right about at sunrise, but the cloud cover was pretty dense. In fact, there was only a quick 30 second period of time where the actual summit of Castle Peak was visible before the clouds engulfed it again.
|Fire on the mountain|
|Castle Peak - Prints Available|
|Fresh dusting of snow at the top!|
Here's a time-lapse of the sunrise. It's about 2 hours condensed into 30 seconds:
The views south were also stunning!
|Mt. Crested Butte and Whetstone Mountain from just below the summit.|
There almost no visibility on the summit. We were literally walking in the clouds. Hiking back down through the fields of wildflowers was awesome though. Hmm... I must have missed them on my way up.
|Looking back down the route.|
KD actually fell asleep in my arms while riding the ATV on the way back to the truck. It was a quick, but beautiful trip that I would highly recommend.