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American Trio Ready to Climb K6 in Pakistan + Baintha Brak West NE Buttress Attempt + Mt Hood – Illumination Rock – E Ridge of S. Chamber

Pakistan – American Trio getting ready to climb K6 – from
Baintha Brak West (6540m) N.E. Buttress attempt – from Mountain.ru English
Mt Hood – Illumination Rock – East Ridge of South Chamber – Oregon Cascades – from Cascade Climbers.com – Trip report with pictures.
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https://www.montagna.tv/166842/pakistan-trio-americano-tenta-lascesa-del-k6/ — American Trio getting ready to climb K6

http://mountain.ru/article/article_display1.php?article_id=8919 — Baintha Brakk West (6540m) N.E.Buttress attempt.

https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103657-tr-mt-hood-illumination-rock-east-ridge-of-south-chamber-09062020/ — Mt Hood – Illumination Rock – East Ridge of South Chamber – Oregon Cascades – Trip report with pictures.

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Mt Hood – Illumination Rock – East Ridge of South Chamber – Oregon Cascades – from Cascade Climbers.com – Trip report with pictures.

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https://www.montagna.tv/166842/pakistan-trio-americano-tenta-lascesa-del-k6/ — American Trio getting ready to climb K6

http://mountain.ru/article/article_display1.php?article_id=8919 — Baintha Brakk West (6540m) N.E.Buttress attempt.


Baintha Brakk WII 6540m, NE Buttress, attempt / English. Adventure / Mountain.RU

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American Trio Ready to Climb K6 in Pakistan + Baintha Brak West NE Buttress Attempt +

Pakistan – American Trio getting ready to climb K6 – from
Baintha Brak West (6540m) N.E. Buttress attempt – from Mountain.ru English

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https://www.montagna.tv/166842/pakistan-trio-americano-tenta-lascesa-del-k6/ — American Trio getting ready to climb K6

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https://www.montagna.tv/166842/pakistan-trio-americano-tenta-lascesa-del-k6/ — American Trio getting ready to climb K6

http://mountain.ru/article/article_display1.php?article_id=8919 — Baintha Brakk West (6540m) N.E.Buttress attempt.

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Check Direct on Punta Ferrario in Val Masino Freed + 10 Facts about Mt Everest’s Mountaineers + K6 (7282m) Attempt

Czech Direct on Punta Ferrario in Val Masino freed – from PlanetMountain.com
10 Facts about Mt Everest's Mountaineers – from SnowBrains.com
Colin Haley, Jeff and Preti Wright will attempt K6 (7282m) – from Desnivel.com -English Translation
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New Page on Personal Websites in the General Section of the Forum at Summitpost.org
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https://snowbrains.com/10-facts-about-m … untaineers — 10 Facts about Mount Everest's mountaineers.
https://www.desnivel.com/expediciones/c … 6-7-282-m/ — Colin Haley, Jeff and Preti Wright will attempt K6 (7282m)

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Czech Direct on Punta Ferrario in Val Masino freed – from PlanetMountain.com

10 Facts about Mt Everest's Mountaineers – from SnowBrains.com

Colin Haley, Jeff and Preti Wright will attempt K6 (7282m) – from Desnivel.com -English Translation

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New Page on Personal Websites in the General Section of the Forum at Summitpost.org

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Colin Haley on K6 Pakistan + Buck Mountain Tetons T/R + Granite Peak Fatality – Montana

Himalayan and Karakorum Update – Colin Haley on K6 (PK) and More. – Explorersweb.com
Buck Mountain – Tetons – Wyoming – Trip report with pictures from SnowBrains.com
One climber dead, two injured in separate Granite Peak incidents – Montana – Summitpost.org
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https://explorersweb.com/2020/09/08/himalayan-update-colin-haley-on-k6-and-more/ — Himalayan and Karakorum Update – Colin Haley on K6 , and More.

https://snowbrains.com/trip-report-buck-mountain1/ — Tetons – WY — Buck Mountain – WY – Trip report with pictures

https://www.kbzk.com/news/montana-news/one-dead-two-injured-in-two-separate-granite-peak-incidents — One climber dead, two injured in separate Granite Peak incidents – Montana

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Himalayan and Karakorum Update – Colin Haley on K6 (PK) and More. – Explorersweb.com
Buck Mountain – Tetons – Wyoming – Trip report with pictures from SnowBrains.com
One climber dead, two injured in separate Granite Peak incidents – Montana – Summitpost.org
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https://snowbrains.com/trip-report-buck-mountain1/ — Tetons – WY — Buck Mountain – WY – Trip report with pictures
Trip Report: Buck Mountain - SnowBrains


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N Eiger First Free Ascent + Luna Peak True Summit + 50 Hikers Trapped in Sierra N.F. Fire

North of the Eiger, First free ascent for Roger Schaeli – from Montaga.tv ( English Translation )
Luna Peak – Standard Route – True Summit – N. Cascades – WA – Trip report with pictures
50 Hikers trapped in Sierra National Forest as Creek Fire blocks escape routes – Snow Brains
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https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103652-tr-luna-peak-standard-route-true-summit-09052020/ — Luna Peak — Standard Route – True Summit – N Cascades – WA
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Luna Peak – Standard Route – True Summit – N. Cascades – WA – Trip report with pictures
50 Hikers trapped in Sierra National Forest as Creek Fire blocks escape routes – Snow Brains
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White River National Forest: Sapphire Point Trail (Blog Hike #819)

Trail: Sapphire Point Trail
Hike Location: White River National Forest, Swan Mountain Recreation Area
Geographic Location: east of Frisco, CO (39.58725, -106.04393)
Length: 0.7 miles
Difficulty: 1/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: July 2020
Overview: A short gently rolling loop with great views of Dillon Reservoir.
Area Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40879
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=825279
Summary Video: (coming October 2)
Photo Highlight:
Directions to the trailhead: In central Colorado, take I-70 to SR 9 (exit 203). Exit and go south on SR 9. Drive SR 9 south 3.6 miles to Swan Mountain Road and turn left on Swan Mountain Rd. The signed roadside parking area for Sapphire Point Overlook is located 1.9 miles ahead on the left.
The hike: Sprawling for 2.3 million acres on the west side of Colorado's Continental Divide, White River National Forest is America's most visited national forest. The forest was established in 1891 as the White River Plateau Timber Reserve, the second timber reserve in the United States. The forest contains 8 wilderness areas and several developed areas of regional fame, including the Maroon Bells Scenic Area, the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area, and the Historic Crystal Mill mining site. White River National Forest's Swan Mountain Recreation Area does not have the fame of some of the forest's other areas, but it protects some steep and scenic terrain on the north side of its namesake mountain. Paved bike trails start from the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon and lead up the side of Swan Mountain, and they provide access to Sapphire Point, the location of this short hike. The views of Dillon Reservoir and the mountains beyond make Sapphire Point a popular destination. In fact, the small roadside parking lot was nearly full on the late July morning I came here. Thus, the bike paths give an alternate non-motorized way to reach this trailhead during the summer.Trailhead at Sapphire Point The loop goes both directions from the parking lot, but I started on the trail that leaves the big map board on the left (west) side of the parking area, thus hiking the loop clockwise. The wide dirt trail quickly arrives at Sapphire Point's main overlook. This view looks southwest across the Blue River arm of Dillon Reservoir, and ridge-like Ophir Mountain stands off in the distance. This overlook was a very popular spot on my visit, and I also saw a large number of chipmunks begging for bites to eat here.
View from main overlook Many people just walk out to the overlook, but the trail curves right at the overlook to continue its loop. The sidehill trail heads east across Swan Mountain's steep north face, which features a moderately dense forest of lodgepole pines. More nice views unfold to the north, and they feature the snow-capped peaks of Chief Mountain and Buffalo Mountain.
Hiking sidehill trail
View from picnic area
At 0.35 miles, you reach a small picnic area that offers northward views across the length of Dillon Reservoir to Ptarmigan Mountain. This picnic area is only accessible by trail, but there were several groups here on my visit. The bike path coming up from Dillon comes in view downhill to the left as the trail curves right. Too soon you return to the parking area to complete the hike.

Trail: Sapphire Point Trail
Hike Location: White River National Forest, Swan Mountain Recreation Area
Geographic Location: east of Frisco, CO (39.58725, -106.04393)
Length: 0.7 miles
Difficulty: 1/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: July 2020
Overview: A short gently rolling loop with great views of Dillon Reservoir.
Area Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40879
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=825279
Summary Video: (coming October 2)
Photo Highlight:
Directions to the trailhead: In central Colorado, take I-70 to SR 9 (exit 203). Exit and go south on SR 9. Drive SR 9 south 3.6 miles to Swan Mountain Road and turn left on Swan Mountain Rd. The signed roadside parking area for Sapphire Point Overlook is located 1.9 miles ahead on the left.
The hike: Sprawling for 2.3 million acres on the west side of Colorado's Continental Divide, White River National Forest is America's most visited national forest. The forest was established in 1891 as the White River Plateau Timber Reserve, the second timber reserve in the United States. The forest contains 8 wilderness areas and several developed areas of regional fame, including the Maroon Bells Scenic Area, the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area, and the Historic Crystal Mill mining site. White River National Forest's Swan Mountain Recreation Area does not have the fame of some of the forest's other areas, but it protects some steep and scenic terrain on the north side of its namesake mountain. Paved bike trails start from the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon and lead up the side of Swan Mountain, and they provide access to Sapphire Point, the location of this short hike. The views of Dillon Reservoir and the mountains beyond make Sapphire Point a popular destination. In fact, the small roadside parking lot was nearly full on the late July morning I came here. Thus, the bike paths give an alternate non-motorized way to reach this trailhead during the summer.

Trailhead at Sapphire Point

The loop goes both directions from the parking lot, but I started on the trail that leaves the big map board on the left (west) side of the parking area, thus hiking the loop clockwise. The wide dirt trail quickly arrives at Sapphire Point's main overlook. This view looks southwest across the Blue River arm of Dillon Reservoir, and ridge-like Ophir Mountain stands off in the distance. This overlook was a very popular spot on my visit, and I also saw a large number of chipmunks begging for bites to eat here.

View from main overlook

Many people just walk out to the overlook, but the trail curves right at the overlook to continue its loop. The sidehill trail heads east across Swan Mountain's steep north face, which features a moderately dense forest of lodgepole pines. More nice views unfold to the north, and they feature the snow-capped peaks of Chief Mountain and Buffalo Mountain.

Hiking sidehill trail

View from picnic area

At 0.35 miles, you reach a small picnic area that offers northward views across the length of Dillon Reservoir to Ptarmigan Mountain. This picnic area is only accessible by trail, but there were several groups here on my visit. The bike path coming up from Dillon comes in view downhill to the left as the trail curves right. Too soon you return to the parking area to complete the hike.

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Non Stop Alpine Rescue in Italian Mountains + New North Howser in Bugaboos Canada +

Non Stop week end for the Alpine Rescue Service in Italian mountains – by Montagna.tv (English)
Voodoo Chile is the New 500 meter 5.11 on North Howser in the Bugaboos – Canada – Gripped
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https://www.montagna.tv/166749/weekend-end-senza-sosta-per-il-soccorso-alpino/ — Non stop weekend for Alpine Rescue in Italy.

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Voodoo Chile is the New 500 meter 5.11 on North Howser in the Bugaboos – Canada – Gripped
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Alert: More Huge Wind Turbines Coming to our Ridges, Altering our Views and Skyline?

I was recently contacted by a concerned citizen, Rich Gerlitz about some surprising news. A company called Scout Clean Energy is working to develop a HUGE wind turbine farm called the Horse Heaven Hills project. The group Save our Ridges says Scout plans a wind farm that would stretch along 24 miles of the ridges along the south of the Tri-Cities from Jump-Off Joe to Benton City. As many as 212 wind turbines would be placed in several rows. Each turbine would be 500 feet tall (nearly as tall as the Space Needle).

There are several nationally organized groups who are are concerned about the massive development of wind farms, click below:

The Truth About the Great Wind Power Fraud

Save Our Ridges is concerned about the impact this will have on our $560 million tourism industry and the 6000+ jobs it supports because of the disruption this project will cause to the views and vistas we have on the south side of town.

Wheat Field Patterns, Wind Turbines and the View North, Towards the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

It’s time for you to speak up and voice your opinion on this project, the following are suggestions:

Scout Clean Energy: scoutcleanenergy.com, horseheavenwindfarm.com

Javon Smith: javon@scoutcleanenergy.com

Michael Rucker, CEO

David Kobus, Scout Project Manager

Benton County Commissioners: (509)736-3080 or (509)786-5600

Jerome Delvin, District 1 Benton County Commissioner: jerome.delvin@co.benton.wa.us

Shon Small, District 2 Benton County Commissioner: shon.small@co.benton.wa.us

Jim Beaver, District 3 Benton County Commissioner: james.beaver@co.benton.wa.us

Benton PUD

Jeff Hall, District 2 Comissioner: jhall@bentonpud.org

Barry Bush, District 3 Commissioner: bbush@bentonpud.org

Rick Dunn, General Manager: rdunn@bentonpud.org

Steve Hunter, Asst. General Manager: shunter@bentonpud.org

Jodi Henderson, Communications Mgr: jhenderson@bentonpud.org

Energy Northwest

Carla Martinez, Public Affairs Manager: (509)372-5156, cjmartinez@energy-northwest.com

Greg Cullen, General Manager of energy services and development

I was recently contacted by a concerned citizen, Rich Gerlitz about some surprising news. A company called Scout Clean Energy is working to develop a HUGE wind turbine farm called the Horse Heaven Hills project. The group Save our Ridges says Scout plans a wind farm that would stretch along 24 miles of the ridges along the south of the Tri-Cities from Jump-Off Joe to Benton City. As many as 212 wind turbines would be placed in several rows. Each turbine would be 500 feet tall (nearly as tall as the Space Needle).

There are several nationally organized groups who are are concerned about the massive development of wind farms, click below:

The Truth About the Great Wind Power Fraud

Save Our Ridges is concerned about the impact this will have on our $560 million tourism industry and the 6000+ jobs it supports because of the disruption this project will cause to the views and vistas we have on the south side of town.

Jump off Joe wind turbines, nine-canyon wind farm, huge wind turbines

Wheat Field Patterns, Wind Turbines and the View North, Towards the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

It’s time for you to speak up and voice your opinion on this project, the following are suggestions:

Scout Clean Energy: scoutcleanenergy.com, horseheavenwindfarm.com

Javon Smith: javon@scoutcleanenergy.com

Michael Rucker, CEO

David Kobus, Scout Project Manager

Benton County Commissioners: (509)736-3080 or (509)786-5600

Jerome Delvin, District 1 Benton County Commissioner: jerome.delvin@co.benton.wa.us

Shon Small, District 2 Benton County Commissioner: shon.small@co.benton.wa.us

Jim Beaver, District 3 Benton County Commissioner: james.beaver@co.benton.wa.us

Benton PUD

Jeff Hall, District 2 Comissioner: jhall@bentonpud.org

Barry Bush, District 3 Commissioner: bbush@bentonpud.org

Rick Dunn, General Manager: rdunn@bentonpud.org

Steve Hunter, Asst. General Manager: shunter@bentonpud.org

Jodi Henderson, Communications Mgr: jhenderson@bentonpud.org

Energy Northwest

Carla Martinez, Public Affairs Manager: (509)372-5156, cjmartinez@energy-northwest.com

Greg Cullen, General Manager of energy services and development

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Perspective

Growing up, whenever I saw someone running, I knew who it was. There were that few of us. There was K, who loped around the neighborhood in shorts with, inexplicably, nylons. There was B, an older man with a distinctive shuffle. A few others. Then there was my family.
We were an athletic family. We backpacked before it was fashionable, canoed, hiked, and of course ran. A day without some form of exercise was unthinkable. To this I owe my motivation today.
I went to my hometown recently. There are lots of runners now. We wouldn't stand out anymore. But I think back to the many icy, wind battered, snowy miles we covered and we weren't doing it for Strava or the Gram. Nobody knew our pace or how far we went. I like it that way.
My parents are private people so I won't say more than this. I feel deeply ashamed of complaining that I can't always do what I want this summer because I have to work, or it's smoky, or there's a pandemic. What I am seeing from the..

Growing up, whenever I saw someone running, I knew who it was. There were that few of us. There was K, who loped around the neighborhood in shorts with, inexplicably, nylons. There was B, an older man with a distinctive shuffle. A few others. Then there was my family.
We were an athletic family. We backpacked before it was fashionable, canoed, hiked, and of course ran. A day without some form of exercise was unthinkable. To this I owe my motivation today.
I went to my hometown recently. There are lots of runners now. We wouldn't stand out anymore. But I think back to the many icy, wind battered, snowy miles we covered and we weren't doing it for Strava or the Gram. Nobody knew our pace or how far we went. I like it that way.
My parents are private people so I won't say more than this. I feel deeply ashamed of complaining that I can't always do what I want this summer because I have to work, or it's smoky, or there's a pandemic. What I am seeing from them is courage in the face of adversity. I can only hope that someday I am half as brave.

Yoga class at dawn

Now, running is harder than it used to be. Stuff hurts. I am not fast. But I can still do it. I'm grateful for every step.

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Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado River Trail to Lulu City Site (Blog Hike #818)

Trail: Colorado River Trail
Hike Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Geographic Location: north of Grand Lake, CO (40.40166, -105.84798)
Length: 7.5 miles
Difficulty: 6/10 (Moderate)
Last Hiked: July 2020
Overview: A long, gradual climb featuring historical silver mining sites.
Park Information: https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=824632
Summary Video: (coming September 25)
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Directions to the trailhead: This hike starts at the Colorado River Trailhead, which is located on the west side of US 34 12 miles north of Grand Lake. If the Colorado River Trailhead parking lot is full, you could park at the lesser-used Timber Lake Trailhead directly across the road.
The hike: For my general comments on Rocky Mountain National Park (known as “Rocky” for short), see my hike in the park's Wild Basin area. This hike, the longest and last of my 5 hikes in Rocky, takes you up along the Colorado River to the site of Lulu City, an old silver mining town. Truth be told, my original plan was to hike only to Shipler Cabins, another silver mine relic located about 2 miles up this trail. Yet when I arrived at Shipler Cabins, the hiking was so good and sufficiently easy that I just kept going until I reached Lulu City. I was pleased with my decision when I finished, and I had a good hike here.Colorado River Trailhead
From an information kiosk at the rear of the parking area, the wide dirt trail heads north with the Colorado River through the trees on the left and Trail Ridge Road uphill to the right. After a few hundred feet, the trail goes up and over a steep ridge that looks like a small glacial moraine. The flora here features a medium number of pine trees that let in plenty of sun to the dense grassy understory.
Hiking across a meadow
After crossing a dry creek on a footlog, the signed Red Mountain Trail exits left just shy of 0.5 miles. Continue straight to remain on the Colorado River Trail. The trail heads across a sunny meadow before the valley tightens and forces the trail down to the bank of the Colorado River. The next few hundred feet is the only part of this hike that treads right beside the river, so enjoy the riparian scenery while it lasts.
Hiking along the Colorado River
Next the trail cuts across a steep hill as it climbs gradually to enter a rocky area. The treadway remains relatively unencumbered with rocks, and the going remains fairly easy. Some views west across the Colorado River valley open up to the left.Hiking through a rocky area
Soon the valley widens again, and near 2 miles into the hike you reach what remains of the Shipler Cabins. Joe Shipler built these cabins in the late 1800's while trying to establish a silver mining operation, but like the one at Lulu City his silver mine proved unprofitable. Today nature is reclaiming these cabins, and soon only foundations will remain.
A Shipler Cabin
Past the cabins, the pines become more dense as the trail crosses a couple of creeks on nice wooden footbridges. At 2.8 miles, the trail curves right to head up the gradient of the gradual hillside before curving left at the highest point of this hike. A few short but steep ups and downs come next, and a couple of wet areas will need to be negotiated at the bottoms of these dips.
Spur trail to Lulu City exits left
At 3.5 miles, you reach the signed spur trail that leads to the Lulu City site. The main Colorado River Trail keeps heading uphill toward Little Yellowstone, but this hike angles left to begin the spur trail. A moderate to steep descent via a couple of switchbacks brings you to the Lulu City site. The city only lasted from 1879 through 1884, but at its peak 200 people lived here and made their living mining silver. You will have to look hard to find any remnants of the city, and perhaps the site's best amenity today is the flat rocky area along the Colorado River. Take some time to explore the site, enjoy the river, and see what relics you can find.
Lulu City site

Colorado River at Lulu City If you have more time and energy, the Colorado River Trail continues past the north end of the Lulu City site. Just under another mile of hiking will bring you to Little Yellowstone, a crumbling rock canyon that resembles those found at Yellowstone National Park. Continuing another 2.5 miles past Little Yellowstone brings you to La Poudre Pass, the Colorado River's headwaters and Rocky's north boundary. I had already hiked further than I had planned, so I turned around at Lulu City and retraced my steps to the trailhead to complete the hike.

Trail: Colorado River Trail
Hike Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Geographic Location: north of Grand Lake, CO (40.40166, -105.84798)
Length: 7.5 miles
Difficulty: 6/10 (Moderate)
Last Hiked: July 2020
Overview: A long, gradual climb featuring historical silver mining sites.
Park Information: https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=824632
Summary Video: (coming September 25)
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Directions to the trailhead: This hike starts at the Colorado River Trailhead, which is located on the west side of US 34 12 miles north of Grand Lake. If the Colorado River Trailhead parking lot is full, you could park at the lesser-used Timber Lake Trailhead directly across the road.
The hike: For my general comments on Rocky Mountain National Park (known as "Rocky" for short), see my hike in the park's Wild Basin area. This hike, the longest and last of my 5 hikes in Rocky, takes you up along the Colorado River to the site of Lulu City, an old silver mining town. Truth be told, my original plan was to hike only to Shipler Cabins, another silver mine relic located about 2 miles up this trail. Yet when I arrived at Shipler Cabins, the hiking was so good and sufficiently easy that I just kept going until I reached Lulu City. I was pleased with my decision when I finished, and I had a good hike here.

Colorado River Trailhead

From an information kiosk at the rear of the parking area, the wide dirt trail heads north with the Colorado River through the trees on the left and Trail Ridge Road uphill to the right. After a few hundred feet, the trail goes up and over a steep ridge that looks like a small glacial moraine. The flora here features a medium number of pine trees that let in plenty of sun to the dense grassy understory.

Hiking across a meadow

After crossing a dry creek on a footlog, the signed Red Mountain Trail exits left just shy of 0.5 miles. Continue straight to remain on the Colorado River Trail. The trail heads across a sunny meadow before the valley tightens and forces the trail down to the bank of the Colorado River. The next few hundred feet is the only part of this hike that treads right beside the river, so enjoy the riparian scenery while it lasts.

Hiking along the Colorado River

Next the trail cuts across a steep hill as it climbs gradually to enter a rocky area. The treadway remains relatively unencumbered with rocks, and the going remains fairly easy. Some views west across the Colorado River valley open up to the left.

Hiking through a rocky area

Soon the valley widens again, and near 2 miles into the hike you reach what remains of the Shipler Cabins. Joe Shipler built these cabins in the late 1800's while trying to establish a silver mining operation, but like the one at Lulu City his silver mine proved unprofitable. Today nature is reclaiming these cabins, and soon only foundations will remain.

A Shipler Cabin

Past the cabins, the pines become more dense as the trail crosses a couple of creeks on nice wooden footbridges. At 2.8 miles, the trail curves right to head up the gradient of the gradual hillside before curving left at the highest point of this hike. A few short but steep ups and downs come next, and a couple of wet areas will need to be negotiated at the bottoms of these dips.

Spur trail to Lulu City exits left

At 3.5 miles, you reach the signed spur trail that leads to the Lulu City site. The main Colorado River Trail keeps heading uphill toward Little Yellowstone, but this hike angles left to begin the spur trail. A moderate to steep descent via a couple of switchbacks brings you to the Lulu City site. The city only lasted from 1879 through 1884, but at its peak 200 people lived here and made their living mining silver. You will have to look hard to find any remnants of the city, and perhaps the site's best amenity today is the flat rocky area along the Colorado River. Take some time to explore the site, enjoy the river, and see what relics you can find.

Lulu City site

Colorado River at Lulu City

If you have more time and energy, the Colorado River Trail continues past the north end of the Lulu City site. Just under another mile of hiking will bring you to Little Yellowstone, a crumbling rock canyon that resembles those found at Yellowstone National Park. Continuing another 2.5 miles past Little Yellowstone brings you to La Poudre Pass, the Colorado River's headwaters and Rocky's north boundary. I had already hiked further than I had planned, so I turned around at Lulu City and retraced my steps to the trailhead to complete the hike.

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