Monday, May 11, 2015

Above Lake City

The views above Lake San Cristobal are spectacular.  A 4x4 road take you up near the Continental Divide along the Colorado Trail, and from the tops of those mountains, you can see Lake San Cristobal and three 14,000-foot mountains.

The 4x4 road above Rambouillet and Sawmill Park.


Looking across the valley from close to the Continental Divide above Lake City

Red Mountain with Uncompahgre lurking behind it.  A portion of Lake San Cristobal is visible in the valley.

Red Mountain flanked by 14ers Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

Looking up the valley below a line of fourteeners: Redcloud Peak (14,035 feet), Sunshine Peak (14,006 feet), and Handies Peak (14,058 feet)

Above Lake City, Colorado


Cinnamon Pass winds up this valley, passing under three 14ers

Looking up the valley along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and toward Cinnamon Pass.  Three fourteeners are visible in this picture: Redcloud, Sunshine, and Handies Peaks.


Lake San Cristobal from above.  Lake City is in this valley and is just out of view.

The yellow dirt is where part of Mesa Seco broke away as the Slumgullion Slide.  That slide is dammed the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and formed Lake San Cristobal, the second largest natural lake in Colorado.

Red Mountain with Wetterhorn to its left and Uncompahgre to its right (both in the distance)

A closer look at Red Mountain with Wetterhorn to its left and Uncompahgre to its right (both in the distance)

This chipmunk lives above the tree line near the Continental Divide


Looking east

Looking southeast

View to the south showing the Continental Divide

Looking south to the start of Cinnamon Pass (with Crystal Lakes and Sunshine and Handies Peaks visible)

Panoramic view from the top

Rambouillet Park

Red Mountain and Uncompahgre from Rambouillet Park


Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre, and Crystal Peaks from Windy Point Overlook

More wildlife on the way back to the cabin

Another gorgeous Lake City Sunset



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