Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Silverton, CO - Highland Mary Hike

Highland Mary Trail Hike!
Ken, Dixie and I went on a hike today to Highland Mary Lake near Silverton. We didn't make it all the way to the pass, but we did make it to about 12,000 feet. The snow was getting deep, and we had already trekked through a trail filled with mud and ice from the snowfall that came several days ago, so we were pretty tired. About the time I was reading our hiking book (to decide if we should go further up, which we decided not to) two hikers that were hiking the Continental Divide Trail, which intersects with the Highland Mary trail, came along. They were coming from Canada all the way to Mexico!
All together, we did about 6 miles round trip and saw some beautiful country. When we started, it was below freezing, but we warmed up quick, and I ended up getting a pretty bad sunburn that day. Sunscreen is just not the first thing that comes to mind when I'm freezing, but at altitude, it is so easy to burn. I get to see some amazing places. Thank you, God!

The view on the way back down the mountain was gorgeous, of course. We climbed about 1,500 feet in altitude.

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