A 4-Wheeling Adventure To Ptarmigan Lake (Photos - August 4, 2007)
4-Wheeling - Mineral Basin Area To Ptarmigan Lake
We were driving west into the mountains on Chaffee County Road 306
("Cottonwood Pass Road") when Steve and I realized there was a wonderfully
colorful sunrise happening behind us. We quickly pulled over to capture the
view above. Nice!
|Clouds Engulf Mt. Kreutzer and Emma Burr Mountain
The original plan was to hike to the top of Emma Burr Mountain, perched
on the Continental Divide at 13,537 feet. To reach its vicinity,
we drove west into South Cottonwood Canyon
(past Cottonwood Lake) and
continued to its end in an area known as Mineral Basin.
(Last month, my friend Shannon and I drove in his Land Cruiser on a sunny morning to this area.
See photos here.)
Unfortunately, clouds engulfed much of the mountains and the forecast called for rain
and the possibility thunderstorms all day, so we opted to postpone this hike for another week.
LEFT PHOTO: The view of Mt. Kreutzer, a nearby 13er that was mostly covered by clouds.
RIGHT PHOTO: The entire peak of
Emma Burr Mountain covered up.
The Skies Clear For A Short While - Emma Burr Mountain
||Ahhhhh! The wildflowers near Ptarmigan Lake
were just wonderful! Colorado has had a relatively wet summer and
it appears the rains have lengthened the life of these beautiful wildflowers in the high country.
||Lots of color!
||We also spotted a few columbines, which is the state flower of Colorado.
Last but not least, as we were driving back down the gulch, we noticed things had
cleared up at least somewhat in the skies. And what do you know?
I got this photo of Emma Burr Mountain! (Right peak in the back)
We definitely made the right decision to postpone hiking this mountain,
for soon after clouds and rain took over and dominated the rest of the afternoon. We'll be back soon! :)