First, a trailhead shot. Dylan (front) is giving it the somber look. He'll get wound up shortly.
Soon the trail begins going up the switchbacks. A lot of this area is slate type rock. It sounds like walking on loose ceramic tile. After the switchbacks, the fun begins. Breathtaking drop-offs and views.
More cliffs with a little rock cribbing to keep the trail from getting too narrow.
Watch your step fellers!
Cliffs with alcoves - very cool! Note the logs behind the bush in the lower center. Who would walk across those? NOT ME! I'm guessing that was part of the way the trail used to be when used by miners.
Another one of those "faith tester" bridges. I trust the Lord, but am not sure I trust man's bridge. I think I'll avoid it.
Grizzly Bear Mine - how did they get this stuff in here without heavy equipment. There are tons of cast iron mine equipment. Those folks were ingenious and tough.
Having some fun at Grizzly Bear Mine.
About halfway up there's a side jaunt to a small waterfall. It's surprising how many people miss it. Anyway, it's a great place to "cool the dogs" and chuck a few rocks.
After the waterfall, there are some nice aspen sections. What a beautiful day to hike and enjoy family!
Next up is Yellowjacket Mine. I was surprised to see the main building still standing. I figured it would have collapsed under winter snows by now.
It's definitely showing its age. It won't be long and it will give in to the weather.
Yellowjacket Mine. Potosi Peak in the background. Dylan - zeroed in on me with his hiking stick. Glad it's not loaded because I'm sure he'd have a "hair-trigger".
Headed back down. Several spots were showing signs of fall colors.
Straight up and straight down - no in-between here!
I can see why the tourists like this country so much. I do too. Thank you Lord that it's in my "back-yard".
Wow - you don't get views much better than that!
We're headed back down the switchbacks. Ouray is in the background. A fantastic time was had by one and all. Thanks guys for coming along. I can't get enough of hiking with you!