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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

North Fork Lake Trail Hike - Independence Pass- Twin Lakes, Colorado

well, not the typical trailhead sign we are used to...sure it is legit though ( cross fingers)

Ready to rock this 6 mile hike.  45 degrees and sunny in mid August.  Beginning elevation is 10,620 and ending elevation is 11,600.  We are hiking in a canyon known as an alpine glacier.

The first mile we will climb 400 ft, but after that it is a slow 400 ft gain.

After climbing for a ways, it is always nice to stop and check out the flowers and to catch your breath :)

this one belongs in a DR. Suess story

okay back to hiking

After a mile, you come across this sign and a water crossing and a registration box.

Photo ops also help you catch your breath :)

Luckily a log bridge is in place for crossing.

just a little break

these were fancy...

several stream crossings

Into the Wild
these bushes, shrubs...whatever they are...are pretty tall as you can see.

Believe this is what is called a moraine- deposits of rock pushed by the glacier; water is running under the rocks creating some small water falls ( you have to click to enlarge to see them)

not sure what this was...but it is very different :)  There is a fungus among us 

perfect ending

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