There was only one other truck at the trailhead, but its occupants must have taken a different trail because the human footprints ended about 1/2 mile in. The rest of the way, we had a mixture of dry trail, packed snow, and virgin snow.
|Great view of the Bridge of Heaven. On my "to do" list.|
The trail was absolutely silent, except the occasional chirping of a bird, or the sound of an animal crashing through breaking tree limbs. I was hoping for some wildlife sightings, especially since Sunday kept putting her nose in the air. All we saw were tracks, though.
|We kept an eye out for this big guy. This print was about the size of my whole hand!|
|Testing out the portrait setting on my new phone. Sunday obliged.|
Like so many trails in Colorado, this one took us past the remnants of two abandoned mines. First was the Alamadi Mine, where a near-perfectly preserved boiler of some kind just sits there waiting to be fired up again.
|I guess when your mine dries up, you just leave all your stuff behind.|
|Kind of like going to a museum, but with fresh air and no crowds.|
Then there was the Old Maid Mine, marked by the walls of what looked like an old housing structure, and some kind of pulley thingy.
|This looked like a cannon to me, but I'm sure it wasn't anything that exciting.|
|Virgin snow, up to my knees. Fluffbutt had no problem hopping like a bunny right through it!|
|Obligatory selfie. I'm working on my selfie-smile. The timer on my new phone helps.|
|Every hike ends with a treat. This time she didn't have to share with Finn.|
|Stuffed ducks make great post-hike pillows.|
|In bed and passed out by 1900.|
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