Friday, August 23, 2013

Handies Peak

One of our typical Lake City activities is to hike Handies Peak, which is over 14,000 feet high and offers amazing views of other "fourteeners" in the area.  Kyle, Allison, and I tackled Handies once again this year and were not disappointed.

Looking back down the first part of the trail early in the morning

Looking up the trail

Looking back at the ground we already covered

Sloan Lake

Sloan Lake

Handies Peak from Sloan Lake

Sloan Lake

Climbing up to the saddle

Sloan Lake

View from the saddle

Final push to the peak
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre from the top of Handies.  You can also see Cinnamon Pass cutting across the face of the closest mountains

Looking south from Handies (Ouray and Telluride are nestled in the jagged mountains on the right)

Sloan Lake from the top of Handies

On top of Handies

Heading back down

Handies from the trail

Little waterfall in American Basin near the trailhead

Wildflowers in American Basin

Columbine, Colorado's state flower

Columbine in American Basin

American Basin

Mission accomplished

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