Category Archives: RMNP Back Country

Lumpy Ridge And The Clouds From Lake Estes Were Spectacular After The Snow!

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The sky and clouds were spectacular from Lake Estes after the snow the other day. I think the photographs and colors are magnificent. Look at those clouds still over the mountains!

What do you think?

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The Hike To Dream Lake And Emerald Lake In RMNP Is Always Spectacular!

 

The hike from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is always spectacular…especially in the winter! The skies are so blue and the snow is so pretty.

Many people hike or snowshoe this trail in the winter. Others who are very adventuresome, will put their skins on their downhill skis and ski up to Emerald Lake and then ski down.

On  the way to Dream Lake from Nymph Lake the trail narrows considerably so you need to go single file. We were lucky that the trail was fairly packed down when we passed by. It was  a gorgeous day when Phil took this photograph!

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New Ski Tracks Near Hidden Valley In Rocky Mountain Natinal Park

 

We were driving up Trail Ridge Road to Hidden Valley to see what the conditions were like when I saw these fresh ski tracks coming down one of the slopes. Someone looked like they were having fun skiing through all of the trees. I wonder where they started their run…

We have our skis ready and waiting until the arctic blast goes away so we can try our hand at skiing at Hidden Valley. Or maybe we’ll just go snowshoeing…that’s just as much fun!

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Cute Little Chickadee On Emerald Lake Trail In RMNP

 

On our recent hike up to Emerald Lake this cute little chickadee kept following us for the last part of the hike. He was so cute. He’d fly to the ground right near us and peck around and then fly to the branch of a nearby tree.

I finally figured it out and got my camera ready. He landed on this branch on the trail right near Emerald Lake and I clicked away! Cute, isn’t he?

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Huge Herd Of Elk On The 18 Hole Golf Course In Estes Park

 

We were driving down Highway 7 and saw this huge herd of elk on the golf course. I had never seen so many from the road before.

So, we turned in and I had to take a picture. They must love the golf course grass…it must be very sweet!

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