|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|