"It's not the mountain that wears you out, it's the grain of sand in your shoe." Robert Service
Wow, we figured it had been 4 or 5 years since we last hiked to Blaine Basin. It lays at the foot of the north face of our local 14'er, Mount Sneffel's, opposite of upper Yankee Boy Basin in both location and spirit. I understand the north face route to the summit is a technical climb and thus prefer the Yankee Boy approach, where only a couple crux moves can be done by the surefooted without the need for ropes.
One of the main reasons I wanted to do the Blaine hike was the autumnal show of color on the way in via East Dallas Road. It's enough to make your eyes bleed...
Unfortunately, the hike to Blaine is not quite as colorful due to a preponderant spruce/fir forest. I felt claustrophobic, then realized how jaded I'm getting hanging out above timberline so much of the time. All in all, we endured a couple miles of wall to wall forest. It's tough coming off the "high ground," always far views and never a dull nor ugly moment. :)
If you ever hike up to Blaine Basin, beware of the creek crossings. The rocks are slicker than snot! Bobbie had a splash-down and had to hike the rest of the day soaking wet. Thankfully, it was nice and sunny, and she dried out about the time we got back to the car.
The trail steepens the last mile, switchbacking its way up to Blaine and Sneffel's north face. There was just enough snow for a taste of winter, and we had it all to ourselves.
On the way out I had to stop and take a few more photos...
The wedding is upon us... rehearsal this afternoon, followed by a catered buffet, ceremony tomorrow, followed by another buffet, then a Sunday Brunch the following day. "Knots are not the only thing getting tightly tied around here. I'll need to back off a notch on the old belt. :)
Peace Out from mark and bobbie, in laws and out laws, old friends and new.