|The Twin Sisters and surrounding peaks
taken earlier in spring
|Closeup of Twin Sisters from
earlier in spring
Last week, I hiked the Stout Lakes Trail, the trail that leads to the basin between the Twin Sisters. I had no intention of climbing the summits. I was mostly checking the snow conditions in the area while getting some exercise and enjoynig some time outside in nature.
I encountered patchy snow below treeline, but was able to follow the trail to treeline. The biggest problems was runoff turning the trail into a stream in some areas.
|Stout Creek gushing from runoff and recent heavy rains
|Water flowing down the trail was common
|Nice section of trail
|Twin Sister North's ridge from below
|Closeup of the ridge
|The trail ends with heavy snow in the Stout Lakes basin
|The view above from treeline
|Looking at the terrain where I spotted the sheep
|One of the first shots I got of the sheep
|Sheep deciding if I'm a threat
|Not looking too concerned
|Checking me out as I got closer
|As they got further away, they
seemed less concerned with me again
|Apparently they were relaxed enough to eat
even though I was fairly close
|This was my favorite shot of the sheep. The
ram in the front is almost posing for me.
|Looking toward Twin Sister South's ridge
|Plenty of scree and talus
|Looking toward the Cottonwood group
|Heading toward the false summit of Twin Sister North
|Looking down the ridge toward Howard and Coaldale area.
|The ridge to Twin Sister North's summit
|Closeup of the Cottonwood group with the rest of the
Sangre de Cristos beyond.
|Looking over Twin Sister South with Bushnell Peak behind it.
|Looking north over Red Mountain. Hunts Peak is the pointy
peak behind it and the Sawatch Range in the distance.
|The Sawatch Range in the distance
|The nasty descent back into the basin