The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and thoughts of snow begin to dance in our minds.
Many thoughts (at least in CO) are shifting from summer outdoor activities to skiing and snowboarding season but as we enter this first week of October I will be completing 4-5 peaks.
For those of you that have been reading along for a while, might remember the personal goal of 5 14ers this summer as well as an overall goal of eventually doing every 14er in Colorado.
I also previously spoke of my Uncle who will be turning 70 at the end of the year and also has a goal of completing as many 14ers as possible (he has done a lot more than me!).
Mount Lincoln: Friday, September 28
Our morning began early…
The sun popped up quickly though, lighting the way and anticipating bright blue skies for the day’s adventure.
Trees are beginning to turn, making the towns glow.
At the same time snow begins to sprinkle the mountain tops.
After a long drive we arrived to our trail head. From the beginning, it always seems the peak is only a hop, skip and a jump away
Last glance at the car in the far distance…we won’t be seeing that again for quite some time.
We continue forward with snowy peaks in the near future.
It may be hard to see this small “river” (snow melt) but it made beautiful, calming music.
If you aren’t looking for the physical challenge but still want to see the breath taking views, there are other options for getting to the top
We only saw one of these but I would assume you can rent them and take a trip up but eventually you will reach the point where the journey must be continued by foot.
The peak continues to get closer and closer…larger and larger.
Other than the random vehicle that passed us, the trail was all ours…except that made us somewhat worry whether we were hiking to the right peak.
When we finally saw footprints we felt reassured that we were at least hiking to some peak, whether it was the one of original intentions or not, we were hiking somewhere.
It turns out that most sane people just don’t hike 14ers once snow has fallen on the trail..oh well, maybe we are a little crazy I will say I got it from my dad.
From the top, Mt. Cameron and Mt. Democrat can be seen. If we had started earlier we would have hiked to Mt. Cameron because it was only a hop away We did Mt. Democrat last September.
Once we reached the top we enjoyed some Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Even though we eventually decided to not climb to Mt. Cameron, we walked a little ways to get a better idea of the extent of another peak.
We walked over to what we called the “ledge.” The red rocks were beautiful but with this less than 2 ft. wide ridge, we felt unsteady and began to head back.
Before heading back down the mountain, I needed a little Buzz
Coming back down the peak, we got a little disoriented but eventually saw the familiar shack in the distance and found our way.
This picture amazed me because the pure white snow made the clouds look so dark…those not from Colorado may not realize that the snow is not only blinding but the reflection off the snow will burn you more than the sun.
Tip of the trip: Don’t forget your sunglasses! Some maybe haven’t heard of this but my eyes literally got burned.
Trip time: 6 hours
Trip length: 6.5 miles (Quartzville trail head)
There are a few routes to get to Mt. Lincoln. We went from the Quartzville trail head (long route)…you walk up a jeep trail for most of the way. This is a class 1 route. There is another route from the Quartzville trail head that is class 2 and 4.5 miles.
Last year we hiked to Mt. Democrat from Kite Lake. This same route can be used to reach Mt. Lincoln but we chose to take a different route this year. This trail is class 2 and to reach Lincoln it is 5.5 miles.
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