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Monday, August 22, 2016

Blaine Basin Hike - Ridgway ,Colorado

headed toward the mountains around Ouray on a back road

what a pretty day
The view along Colorado County Road 7 by the Dallas Divide about 8 miles from Ridgway

map at the trail head
two main options; our trail book says the left trail is an easy gentle  2.5 mile hike one way with a few difficult spots; the trails to the right are considered very difficult and over five miles one left we go :)  The right trail goes to Yankee Boy Basin area and the Blue Lakes, we had already gone there on a 4 wheel drive trip--it is one of the prettiest places we have ever seen.  Thank god we do not have take the 12 miles round trip to see it :)

still some pretty wildflowers

Wilson Creek intersects the trail quite often

there are three crossings over the creek

Distant waterfall; we sat here on a log and had our lunch

another one of the log crossings; at least they leveled out the top of the log, so it was fairly easy

up to the third log crossing, it was a good hike

After that , the hike gets really difficult for the next mile

it is a tough climb at a high altitude with slippery footing on the rocks and gravel
the views are pretty but the air is thin up here

in the distance you can see our destination; several times we wondered if we were going to get there

Rain clouds are forming and our bodies are aching like never before...time to go back down.  Tough hike; would we recommend it...hmmm if you are in top shape and high altitudes don't leave you breathless...your call. When we returned to our home base, we found the elevation gain was over 1,500 ft...that was exhausting!

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