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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ouzel Falls

Katherine and I went up into Allenspark up to the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. The entrance to the park was right by the venue that my sister got married at a few years ago, so that was a nice memento since just a few weeks ago was their two year anniversary. That was the first time we had gone back to Allenspark since the wedding, so it was nice to hike in an area that we typically don't go to very often.When we got to the trailhead, we got the very last parking spot and started heading to the falls. About 1/8 mile into the hike I stopped, checked my camera and realized I left my SD card in the car, so I had to go back. Good thing I remembered and good thing I caught it before we got to the first photo opportunity!

The hike took us a total of 2 hours and 46 minutes. We were actually moving for an hour and 36 minutes, so it was a pretty relaxing hike with frequent stops for photos! The round trip distance (including my 1/8 mile out and then back to the car for an SD card) was 5.73 miles, with a total elevation gain of 1070 feet.

Copeland FallsDown the RocksDown StreamThrough the RocksFallen TreeKatie on the RockBend in the RiverAt the CascadeOuzel FallsBouncing off the RocksMade It!Mountain TreesWildflower at the FallsOuzel Falls from A Distance

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bear, Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake

Today we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park again for the 4th time this summer. We decided to do the most popular hike in all of Rocky Mountain National Park; the hike to Emerald Lake. It starts at the Bear Lake trailhead, and you pass two other lakes along the way (Nymph Lake and Dream Lake). On our way back, we stopped by Bear Lake (since it's 250 feet from the trail head). Of all the four lakes we hiked to, Nymph Lake was our favorite because of the wild Lillies floating in the water. The weather was pretty good, upper 60's, but it was pretty windy at the lakes.

The the whole hike was a little over 3.5 miles long and a little over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The lakes were spaced out about a half-mile from each other, so it didn't take very long to get to the last lake. Total hiking time was 2 hours and 22 minutes from start to finish.

Partial MoonNymph LakeElk On a HikeHidden Behind TreesOn the EdgeFlowing WaterTall GrassOver the BridgeHallett PeakDream LakeSetting MoonOver the Rocks3 Little BugsBy the RiverRapidsEmerald LakeBlurred Hallett PeakColor ChangingIn the ValleyClouds Rolling InBear Lake

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