Travel Post: A Nice Hike in Snowmass

IMG_3841Out of town this week on a vacation with Cheryl’s family in the Colorado Rockies. We haven’t had much time to ourselves but were able to break away for a few hours the other morning for a nice hike along the ridge above where we’re staying in Snowmass. For all of my outdoors-y friends who rave about Colorado, I get it now.

We only hiked the south half of the Rim Trail, mostly because we were able to convince her dad to drive us up to the halfway point for a somewhat ‘summit start’ instead of having to zig-zag up goat paths. Hey, trying to get any advantage in the thinner air here! Don’t worry we still worked a little bit as there is still some elevation in the south trail which, at the highest point we’d gone up a couple hundred feet from where we started.

It was a gorgeous day for a walk along a mountain ridge and The Rocky Mountains are quite impressive. As you can see, the views are amazing and there are mountains as far as you can see. I can’t imagine going through these mountains to settle the western United States. Took us about 3 hours to go from the midpoint of the 7+ mile long trail to the shopping center in Snowmass village. Hopefully we’ll take on the northern half before flying back to Chicago on Sunday.

And yes, we’re all eating and drinking well.

At the start of the hike!

At the start of the hike!

Snowmass to the left

Snowmass valley to the left, ski area straight ahead.

We started our hike on the hill on the left

We started our hike on the hill on the left

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Around the corner and to the right, another valley, with a lonely house nearby. I like that house.

Around the corner and to the right, another valley, with a lonely house nearby. I like that house.

Pretty sure this is an eagle soaring high above the golf course below. Probably lost his ball in the rough.

Pretty sure this is an eagle soaring high above the golf course below. Probably lost his ball in the rough.

The trail now moves along the west side of the ridge.

The trail now moves along the west side of the ridge.

Those mountains in the back are getting bigger! Still very far away though.

Those mountains in the back are getting bigger! Still very far away though.

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Good-bye lake...

As we move around the ridge the lake disappears.

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A view between some trees down the Snowmass valley.

A view between some trees down the Snowmass valley.

Aspen trees are pretty much everywhere here in Aspen. Go figure.

Aspen trees are pretty much everywhere here in Aspen. Go figure.

Into the woods

Into the woods

I love this photo.

I love this photo. Might have to crop out that little bit of trail.

We started waaaay back by that hill in the middle of the photo.

Looking back at where we came from.

At the end of the ridgeline trail. All downhill to Snowmass Village from here. Closer to those mountains in the back!

At the end of the ridgeline trail. All downhill to Snowmass Village from here. Closer to those mountains in the back!

 

 

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