For the first few days of our trip, we started near Aspen, Colorado with backpacking up Snowmass Creek to camp at Snowmass Lake with the goal of summitting Snowmass Mountain.
|Is this really the trail? Apparently it is.|
|Snowmass Lake - as seen from near our camp. The peak in the back is our goal for the next day.|
|Looking back down at Snowmass Lake from our summit hike.|
Plenty of people were camped at the lake but nobody hiked up the mountain the same day as us. There were others at the lake who brought along ice axes and crampons, presumably for some peak-bagging. Wish we had brought our ice-axes, it would have made me feel a lot better crossing massive snowfields... who would've thought that a mountain named Snowmass would have snow in August?
Next installment: canoeing the Yampa.