|Field of Wildflowers at 12,500 ft; Trail to Mt. Audubon|
I had decided at 13er, Mt. Audubon, one of the highest and longest hikes I have ever done alone. But I was feeling great after my birthday 13er and really wanted to push myself more. The dogs and I jumped into our new SUV (new to us) and drove up the mountain, it's much smoother than the Explorer and the ride was really comfortable. It was a peaceful as the sun peeked through the trees over the mountains, it took me nearly an hour and a half to reach my destination! I was eager to hit the trail, even after I paid the surprising $9 entrance fee to the Brainard Lake Recreation area, found my parking spot, then I stepped out of the truck and noticed that while it was sunny and beautiful, the wind was fierce!
|Looking back down the trail to the peaks in the distance|
|Longs Peak in the distance, looking north.|
|Looking up, final push to peak & several wind shelters on top|
|Looking west over cliff on the peak|
|Views of Boulder Flatirons, city of Boulder, plains beyond|
It didn't take long to get down off the rocks and shortly we were back on the windy meadow trail, we came across several hikers in the meadow going for the summit, and I remember thinking that I was very glad I had already made it up and back.
|WINDY! can you tell?|
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