A Night Near 12,000 ft. (SLV – Photos)

Crestone, August 23, 2016


I hiked up to South Crestone Lake (11,730 ft. elevation) and spent the night there.  Another world.  I needed that.  Streneous hike, but gorgeous.  Nippy already…

Couple photos from the two-day journey above Crestone’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, flanking the easterns side of Southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley:


The first herd of Bighorn Sheep showed up when I was drying my tent before packing up:



;-)  Personal favorite of this hike:


Marmot (of the squirrel family):


American Red Squirrel:


Gorgeous patches of wildflowers all over:





Already around noon, I noticed the clouds building and found that was a bit early, very likely to result in thunderstorms later in the afternoon, so I left many hours sooner than planned:


View of the Baca subdivision by Crestone before the last major switch-backs:


By the time I got to town, a torrential rain and hail storm with lightning was already sweeping the mountains…


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