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Topic: Mtngrl and Woodsie's excursion today, Another spectacular day! (pics)< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Part 1:
My good pal Mtngrl and I headed out for a day of adventure, and we were not let down. Never a boring minute when we go exploring  :D  

We headed west towards Buena Vista and upward to Cottonwood Pass. We wanted to check out the snow levels, and man, there was plenty of snow still on the ground! It is going to be a while before the snow melts enough to go backpacking up in that area.

From Cottonwood Pass, we dropped down the west side towards Taylor Reservoir, but storm clouds were quickly building and we headed back to the top of Cottonwood Pass. As we drove back up, we were hailed/snowed on, which was a bit stressful because the road was packed dirt. We were worried it would get slick fast. Fortunately, Mtngrl's expert driving got us back to the top of Cottonwood Pass and pavement.

View from Cottonwood Pass
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The storm
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When we left Cottonwood Pass, we headed to Antero Reservoir to see what birds we could find out there. (see part 2 below)


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Cool!  I just got back from an overnight in James a Peak wilderness.  Plenty of snow there too... had to wear snowshoes the whole way for an off-trail scramble up to Clayton Lake, but I did have the whole place to myself. :)  I got a bunch of wind and freezing rain last night, made for an interesting night bout I fared just fine.

Snow levels were pretty similar to what you have pictured there.  Creeks are all raging for a reason!


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Part 2:
Near Antero Reservoir, we spotted these white pelicans circling high above. It was spectacular! Awesome! Breathtaking!

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At the reservoir itself, we saw this pair of yellow-headed blackbirds
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And this American Avocet
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From the reservoir, we headed towards Eleven Mile Reservoir, hoping to see the wild burros that live in the area. We didn't see them. We think they probably have foals at this time and are staying out of sight. But we did see another cutie
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We saw lots of pronghorns in the distance, and this one up closer, soaking up some warm sunshine
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So chalk up another great day had by Mtngrl and Woodsie   :D


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Pictures like that make me miss having seasons.  Good job getting out there in it.  

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Thanks for sharing, I needed that!

Every day should be an adventure  :)


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Cool beans ! I always love reading your reports.

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Hey perfect!  The wife and I are taking that route Thursday..  I appreciate the ironic road report.
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Looks like a great trip.  I will be out there before PG and hope to go hiking with U'll.

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Ah, snow! Thanks for the refresher.

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Awesome as always. I used to love gong over Cottonwood to get to Crusty But. Many thanks for sharing ladies.

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Cool!  I just got back from an overnight in James a Peak wilderness.  Plenty of snow there too... had to wear snowshoes the whole way for an off-trail scramble up to Clayton Lake, but I did have the whole place to myself. :)  I got a bunch of wind and freezing rain last night, made for an interesting night bout I fared just fine.

Snow levels were pretty similar to what you have pictured there.  Creeks are all raging for a reason!

Last year, I did this trip Memorial Day weekend.  There was plenty of snow, but I didn't need to put the shoes on.  I've been planning on heading up there again this year, so appreciate the report.

Did you head straight up the creek to the lake, or did you head up towards Crater Lakes and cut over?
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I did the latter... headed toward Crater Lakes and cut over.  There was one very steep pitch to get up to a ledge that overlooks a couple hundred feet above Crater lakes, and beyond that it was a pretty straight shot over to Clayton lake, not a lot of substantially steep slopes to deal with.

Snow the whole way up though, after about a mile from the trailhead. Plenty walkable on the trail, but the shoes were appreciated on the scramble up from there.


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I see you did not post this on FB...gotta come here to see whatcha gals been up to.  Great photos and reads like a FUN day!
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Nice!  THX for sharing.

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I see you did not post this on FB...gotta come here to see whatcha gals been up to.  Great photos and reads like a FUN day!

There are pics and a mini-report over on FB  :)

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Mtn,

Is that LaPlata in that first pic?

EDIT: Obviously not. I just looked at the map. Maybe Yale?


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Thanks for sharing. Love the pics!

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The mountains in the first pic are NW of Cottonwood Pass, Lake Anne and Huron are on the other side of them,

Ha...  "expert driving"  !!!  That was white-knuckled driving with hail covering the road and the drop offs.  I didn't want to stop to put it in 4WD, because it might be too slick to get moving again.  But it was a good day.  Lots of water, man, lots of it.


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Nice pictures.

The wife and I have spent a lot of time over the years - though now some time ago - walking trails that start along the road up to Cottonwood Pass. For a long time, Buena Vista was a favorite stopover while we were in Colorado. Good memories. I keep hoping I'll get back up there again soon, but it hasn't worked out for some time now.
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