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December 11, 2005 | Permalink
| Categories: Snowboarding
The view from the bottom half of the Four O'clock run. The town of Breckenridge is visible below, and the Continental Divide crests the gentle peaks of the Ten Mile and Mosquito Ranges roughly 20 miles away in the background. The snow in Summit County hasn't been this good so early in the season since the 60's. The slopes have roughly 50 inches of packed-powder at mid-mountain and I didn't see any ice.
The hike to Emerald Lake is one of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. The relatively short trail passes four alpine lakes - Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake - before stopping at the giant wall that is Hallet Peak's false summit. In this photo, taken in September, Hallet's real summit can be seen from Flattop Mountain (with Longs Peak in the background). The hike provides great views of Longs Peak (perhaps the most well-known of Colorado's 14,000 ft. peaks) when approaching Dream Lake.
In the US, Canada and Mexico combined, there are 105 peaks that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation. Colorado has 53 of them. Alaska has 18. Of course, many of those 18 mountains in Alaska are much, much taller than any of the mountains in Colorado.