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Last week Bobbie and I thought it was about time to check on snow levels above timberline so we could start planning a few summer hikes. Yankee Boy Basin is convenient enough, being only 9 miles from Lovely Ouray.
|Stony Mountain, 12,698 feet. Bobbie and I attempted a summit via the saddle/ridge route about this time last year, only to be turned back by snow|
|Another look at Gilpin...|
The higher we climbed the more snow to trudge. Lakes starting to thaw, so no shortcuts.
|Another shot at the ruggedly handsome Gilpin Peak, so intriguing and winsome|
|Cross basin from Gilpin is 14er Mount Sneffels...the highest peak upper right in the photo|
|When it holds, hiking the snow routes are easier and safer than crossing boulder fields|
To the right in the above photo is Mount Sneffels, to the left our intended route to Blue Lakes Pass. The trail was clear of snow...till it disappeared into a steep snowbank just below the pass.
|My "Hiker Babe"|
|Frome Blue Lakes Pass, Dallas Peak, 13,809 feet. Note still frozen Upper Blue Lake in the lower right corner|
|Lower 2 Blue Lakes|
Below is a video I took of a ptarmigan while on this hike. During winter the ptarmigan's defense against predators is their snow white plumage. When the snow is gone the ptarmigan's plumage changes to shades of gray that match the rocks and boulders. This one is in transition...a little white still left on the bottom with gray above. COOL!