Monday, July 25, 2022

Family Backpack to Mohawk Lakes - July, 2022

 We took the kids on what is becoming our yearly backpacking adventure to what I thought would be an easy hike up to Mohawk Lakes near Breckenridge.  They both brought their new children's cameras and had a great time taking pictures of all the mountains, wildflowers, ruins and waterfalls along the way. 


Part way up, we had to take shelter from a rainstorm in the trees.  As the rain was dying down and the sun peaking through, KD guessed that there might be a rainbow nearby.  Sure enough, we looked behind us to see an awesome full rainbow below us in the valley.  I only had a few moments to grab a cell phone shot.

It took us a while to actually reach our camp at mayflower lake as we hiked up some steep switchbacks for a while.  This wore the kids out pretty well and they both had about nothing left by the time we reached the lake. We set up camp quickly and made dinner.  There were trout everywhere in this lake.  I tried to catch something, but they were not interested in lures.  A few people were catching them on flies.  I'm 100% positive I would have caught dozens of fish with a handheld net.  I tried to sneak up on a few to see if I could grab them with my bare hands, but Tootsie kept scaring them away.  I think she wanted to try it too!  After sleeping very little due to a dog that wanted to play fetch at 1am, I rose before dawn to hike up to the upper Mohawk Lakes to catch a bright and beautiful sunrise.


Mohawk Lakes Sunrise - Prints Available

Pacific Peak Reflection - Prints Available


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Taylor Peak B - July 2022

Taylor Peak B viewed from Sky Pond

 July 4th weekend usually gets pretty crowded in Estes.  So, to avoid the crowds, Brad and I started dark and early to do a hike of 13er Taylor Peak B.  I lay in bed all night trying to sleep unsuccessfully before a 2:50 wake up.  This is only the 3rd all nighter I've ever done, and I wasn't happy to be hiking my first mountain of the year on no sleep.  Even when we arrived at the trailhead at 4:30 am, the Glacier Gorge parking lot was half full.  It was good to catch up with Brad who I've probably hiked more mountains with than anyone else, but haven't seen for a couple years.  The hike in was beautiful with a sunrise near the Loch.  


The Loch

One of the coolest parts of this hike was an ascent up Andrew's Glacier.  The snow angle was just steep enough to make it exciting, but not too dangerous. 


Andrew's Glacier

Once at the top, the remaining route to the summit of Taylor is straightforward, but tedious on tundra and talus.  The unique views of Longs from the top were awesome!  It was cool to peer down to Sky Pond and the cool Sharks Tooth rock formations from above.  We hung out on the summit for a while, then Brad continued on to bag Powell Peak while I tried my best to take a nap while bugs tried their best to eat my legs.  We had a great glissade down the glacier and long trek back to Estes for a good ole man handler at Smokin' Daves and some much needed sleep!

Sky Pond and Lake of Glass

From left to right: Longs, Pagoda, McHenrys, Powell, Chiefs Head, Alice

All photos credit to Brad