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Old 08-30-2011, 08:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
p-hat in cincy
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Default Trip is done...too soon!

Hey all!

Back from the trip. What an awesome time!

Friday, we got into Broomfield around 9:30am. The Omni Interlocken allowed us to check in, so after a quick change we were off to NARC. We had a nice break-in hike and lunch at Southern Sun before heading back to the hotel mid-afternoon to relax by the pool and catch some zzz's. Just happened the 2011 Rocky Mountain Air Show and Fly-In was happening and the F16 & F-18 pulling some insane shiz had us in awe.

Saturday we woke refreshed and ready to hit RMNP. We started at the Bear Lake trailhead and hit Lake Haiyaha (to break away from the crowds). Then to Emerald Lake before heading back down. One of my personal highlights of the hike was reaching Lake Haiyaha and seeing snow patches just beyond/above the lake... so I set off solo to make my first ever August snowball!

After talking with a couple of the volunteers Saturday, we set off to make Black Lake on Sunday from the Glacier Gorge trailhead. Mills and Jewel Lakes were awesome and frame Spearhead for some awesome pix, but the best part of the hike starts just beyond...the 2.2 miles to Black Lake. This is exactly the type of hike we were looking for...solitary, quite, beautiful. I'm not gonna lie, the last 1/2 mile we could really feel the altitude kicking us (we live at ~750'), but we pushed thru and were greatly rewarded by the beauty of Black Lake and it's surroundings. The trip down we were fortunate (seriously) to catch a little rain shower (we were prepared). The sunlight glistening off the rain soaked walls changes to scenery entirely.

We had a great time and I want to thank you guys for offering the suggestions. The tips came in handy and were put to good use.

Next trip...back to Park City in late Feb!

Thank you!
Paul (and Kerri)
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