Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Peak Bagging

When it was time to head back to Lake City, I got up at 5 a.m. yet again, though this time instead of heading to a river, I was heading to a group of fourteeners outside of Breckenridge.  I started at Kite Lake at dawn with the goal of bagging three or four peaks before heading to the Taylor River in time for the afternoon hatches.

Sunrise outside of Fairplay, Colorado

Dawn above Kite Lake

Looking north near the top of Mt. Democrat

Looking down the saddle to Mt. Cameron and Mt. Lincoln

Looking southeast at the South Park Basin

Final pitch to the top of Mt. Democrat

Low clouds rolled in to cover the saddle between Mt. Democrat and Mt. Cameron

Looking back at Mt. Democrat on the way to Mt. Cameron

Looking north toward Breckenridge.  That's Quandary Peak, another fourteener, on the far right.

Quandary Peak (far right)

Mt. Democrat from the top of Mt. Cameron

Quandary Peak from the top of Mt. Cameron

On top of Mt. Cameron

Looking at Mt. Lincoln from the top of Mt. Cameron

Quandary Peak from Mt. Lincoln

Mt. Democrat from Mt. Lincoln

Quandary Peak on the left and Keystone in the distance on the right

Top of Mt. Lincoln

Quandary Peak from Mt. Lincoln

Waterfall above Kite Lake

I was able to cover about 7 miles before lunch, which meant I still had time to fish the Taylor River that afternoon before finishing the drive to Lake City.

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass dropping down to the Taylor

Sunset over Blue Mesa outside Lake City after a great weekend

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