The trail goes all the way to Abyss Lake; that lake deep in the gorge between Mts. Bierstadt & Evans seen from the Mt. Evans Road. What a compelling place that is! The trail is really long……over 8 miles one way. Most people do it as a backpack. We decided to go as far as the Rosalie Trail Junction. My 14 month old Samoyed puppy, Spirit,went along and got quite a few new wilderness lessons. This time it was stream crossings over pretty big water, on some “interesting excuses” for bridges. It was a lovely day: fairly cool, sunny, with intermittent clouds that were refreshing while panting up the path. The trail was similar to the Three Mile Creek trail, just one valley south of Scott Gomer Creek (named for an early logger in the area). Scott Gomer and Three Mile Creek have similar geology, similar stream (though, luckily, not as many crossings as the Three Mile Creek, for Spirit’s sake!) The valley was broader, and there were large areas of willow growth…….and, piles of dried MOOSE poop, probably from the past fall & winter seasons. We didn’t see any moose, but they sure could have been there, remaining hidden in the willows. John and Spirit, on one of their many side trips off the trail, found a “kill” of some kind…..small……maybe a squirrel killed by a pine marten? Hard to say, but the country at that point was very cougar-looking, open brush on a rocky, cliffy hillside. A perfect place for mountain lions to stalk mule-eared deer. While a squirrel would be just a snack for a cougar, we became a bit nervous in that area. I accidentally left my poles at one point, and had to hike back down a-ways to retrieve them. John, McLorrie & Spirit waited for me at a stream crossing. When I got back, all were safely across, but with a tale to tell…….apparently, while attempting to cross the stream on a jumble of logs placed across it, Spirit slipped off slippery log into the deep part of the creek & went all the way under….twice! Head and all! It took some fishing to retrieve him out, but he finally got across fine…….no need for artificial respiration ; ) However, Spirit was pretty cautious at subsequent crossings. Though he was a bit hesitant at first, he really did well after success at the next crossing, and then he was all confidence again! I took pictures of him on the way down at the “bad” crossing. The only slight problem was with trying to get around Lorrie as they both crossed together (why do dogs always do this??) But, he did it successfully, and Lorrie remained upright. I’ve got it in a sequence shot. Here’s some photos from the hike: Oh, and btw, this one would be a WONDERFUL fall hike……hillsides and hillsides of aspen!! Most of the trail is quite gentle. I would LOVE to go the entire distance someday when the weather is perfect, and I’m in better shape!
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