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Hut Hut Hike

July 26, 2013

Last time we met, I was lounging on the deck of our gorgeous hut after watching an amazing sunrise over the mountains.  After hanging out for a while and scarfing down delicious breakfast burritos, my hut-mates and I were ready to get out and explore the surrounding mountains.  We split up into a few smaller groups to go hike around.

Hut Hike

The beauty of starting out at 11,500 feet is that we just had to hike up one ridge to access panoramic views of the Gore Range, Mount of the Holy Cross and the other surrounding mountains.

Hut Hike

We made our way to a Forest Service road and hiked leisurely along it.

Fowler/Hilliard hike

After a short stint in the woods, we emerged into high alpine meadows to take in knock-out views around us.  And when I say we took in the views, I mean that I took so many pictures that I probably started to annoy my hiking companions.  These are memories frozen in time, people!

Me and Stan Fowler/Hilliard Hike

Another side-effect of starting our hike at 11,500 feet was that there wasn’t much climbing to be done.  It was a pretty flat hike but just our speed that day.

Fowler/Hilliard Hike

We eventually made our way to a rocky outcropping that made a perfect scenic overlook and destination for our short hike.  I didn’t time it (and I didn’t know what time it was all weekend, which was weird and awesome), but I’d guess we were 45 minutes to an hour away from the hut at this point.

Fowler/Hilliard Hike

The high peak in the middle is the Mount of the Holy Cross.  It's a 14er and kind of a big deal.  You can still see some snow in the cross-shaped crevass that give it its name.

The high peak in the middle is the Mount of the Holy Cross. It’s a 14er and kind of a big deal. You can still see some snow in the cross-shaped crevasse that gives it its name.  After admiring the views, we took a few photos of the group.

Fowler/Hilliard Hike

Fowler/Hilliard

And I even figured out the self-timer function on my camera.

Fowler/Hilliard Hike

After relaxing for a bit, we made our way back to the hut.  I was pretty glad that the hike wasn’t any more vigorous than it was, because the sun beating down on us was intense.  We were glad to make it back to the hut and the shade it provided.

Hut Sweet Hut

After that, it was time for more deck lounging followed by lawn games on the prettiest front lawn I’ve ever seen.

Fowler/Hilliard Deck in Summer

We brought two cornhole sets up to the hut and put both to use.  We definitely didn’t pack light!

Hut Cornhole 2

Hut Cornhole

The wildflowers in full bloom around the hut made everything even more spectacular.  The Lupine and Indian Paintbrush appeared to be at their peak and were everywhere. 

Fowler/Hilliard Hut

As the sun started to sink lower in the sky, our thoughts turned to dinner and a sunset hike.  Recaps to come!

Have a great weekend, wherever you are!  Does anyone out there have particularly fantastic weekend plans?  If so please share in the comments!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Mercer permalink
    July 26, 2013 12:05 pm

    Great headline!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. July 27, 2013 6:02 am

    Great photos and post!

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