Hanging Lake

We went to Glenwood Springs for the weekend and one of our many actvities was to hike up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon. Once we parked and made our way to the trailhead along the Colorado River, we kept seeing signs about how difficult the hike was. I was a little worried that the boys either wouldn’t enjoy it, wouldn’t make it, or both. At ages 4 and 5, you just never know what you’re going to get with new adventures. To our surprise, they did both! It was indeed a tough high, but they did it with almost no complaints and really seemed to enjoy it.

It’s a relatively short hike at just over a mile, but you gain 1000 feet in elevation over that mile. The last push to the lake is almost vertical. But it is well worth the time and effort. Beautiful views of Glenwood Canyon and Hanging Lake is truly special. I wish I had my tripod with me for some longer exposures of the waterfalls, but I am also glad I didn’t, as the extra weight would have made the hike that much more challenging.

Jones Peak from Cottonwood Pass Summit

Last September, I took off for an overnight excursion to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in hopes of capturing some beautiful Colorado autumn images. While the aspens trees were just past peak, I was able to get some great nighttime shots and sunrise shots around the summit area of Cottonwood Pass, such as this one of the relatively nondescript Jones Peak. A “thirteener” by measure. This was taken about an hour after sunrise. I love the earthtones in this image as this area of high altitude tundra begins is journey into winter. I look forward to returning to this area during the other seasons in the future to capture this area’s seasonal costumes.

Sunrise of James Peak, near Cottonwood Pass, Colorado