Categories: "Indian Peaks Wilderness" or "Lake Isabelle"

Sarah

March 5, 2006



 
Sarah snowshoeing across Lake Isabelle.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Navajo, Apache and Shoshoni Peaks

March 5, 2006



 
View of Navajo, Apache and Shoshoni Peaks from near Long Lake.
 

 
View of Navajo, Apache and Shoshoni Peaks from the west side of Lake Isabelle. We camped on the east end.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

March 5, 2006



 
Late morning.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

March 4, 2006



 
Sunset.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle and Pawnee Pass

October 22, 2005



 
The sunset near Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks.
 
 

 
The view east (taken around the same time) with clouds in the valley below Lake Isabelle.
 
     
The bottom five photos: (1) another view of the sunset near Lake Isabelle, (2) Lake Isabelle with Navajo, Apache and Shashoni Peaks in the background, taken slightly before the sky caught on fire, (3) Sarah descending Pawnee Pass (a 12,500 ft. high path across the Continental Divide), (4) Sarah and I enjoying the sunset, and (5) me climbing Pawnee Pass.

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

September 5, 2005



 
Here's another photo of Lake Isabelle, with Shoshoni, Apache and Navajo Peaks in the background, and a photo of my Dad and Rose, my stepmother, climbing towards the summit of Pawnee Pass (over 12,000 feet in elevation).

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

Caribou Lake

August 28, 2005



 
This first group of photos are from climbing up Caribou Pass, one of the four passes over the Continental Divide in the Indian Peaks, from the Fourth of July trailhead. None of the passes are suitable for cars, ATV's, SUV's, ORV's, or anything else besides tired feet in heavy-duty boots (the 3rd photo in the 1st row is a good one of the very rocky trail). This particular pass reaches 12,000 feet (2.3 miles) above sea level.
 

 
 
In these pics we're on the top of the pass, crossing the Continental Divide. Our destination, Caribou Lake, can be seen roughly 800 feet below the pass in some of these photos. Sarah and I camped on the northern side of the lake (the side farthest away in these photos). Look for tiny hikers in the second photo to get an idea of the scale of the landscape.
 

 
 
Here are some photos taken in and around our campsite. Several of these photos turned out well. In particular, I like the colorized photo of Mount George (12,876 ft), Apache and Navajo Peaks (13,441 ft & 13,409 ft) (top left), the photo taken while looking out the door of the tent (top row, 2nd photo), a view of Apache and Navajo Peaks through the trees (top row, 4th photo), and the view of the same peaks from the shore of Caribou Lake (2nd row, 1st photo).
 
The first time I went hiking in the Indian Peaks was a day hike to Lake Isabelle, just east of the Continental Divide. In this photo (taken in late June) Apache and Navajo Peaks can be seen from the east, instead of the west. They're in the very back and the big slab of rock that covers them (front and center) is Shoshoni Peak (12,967 ft.).

 
 
Climbing back over the pass to head home. The first photo in this sequence shows part of the switchbacks we climbed for 45 minutes on Sunday morning to go from Caribou Lake back to the top of the pass (you can see a guy and his dog following us up). Climbing at high elevation with a pack on is a good test of endurance. A few dozen pounds on your back makes a huge difference sometimes.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Stone Lake

August 14, 2005



 
Sarah and I spent another weekend backpacking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It's only 30 minutes west of Boulder, but because we started on the west side of the wilderness area we had to drive two and a half hours (on the highest continuous road in the US) to get there. We started in Arapaho Bay, along the Continental Divide Trail, and hiked towards Stone Lake, an isolated lake close to the southern boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park. We didn't see anyone else for over a day.

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Fourth of July Backpacking

July 4, 2005



 
The Indian Peaks over 4th of July weekend.
 

 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Lake Isabelle

June 25, 2005



 

 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle

1 3