Crag Crest Trail, Grand Mesa CO
Friday, July 17, 2015
Mesa Lakes [Resort]
Saturday, July 18, 2015
After we broke down our tents on Friday morning at Saddlehorn campground, we drove east to the Grand Mesa area just east of Palisade. I had reserved a cabin for the five of us Friday night so we could hike longer and put off the 4+ hour drive to Denver till Saturday morning. The plan was for the guys to hike the 10.5 mile Crag Crest Trail while the ladies finished up their town visit.
Today's hike went much better than the Rattlesnake Arches attempt yesterday. The Crag Crest Trail is a national scenic trail, much better marked, and in a very different ecological area. This trail has lots of trees except on the 11,200' crest. It also has lots of lakes. Here's the track for today's hike.
Here are a couple of shots from the lower half of the trail, including one where the clouds are clearly reflected in a calm lake.
But I had reserved a cabin at Mesa Lakes Resort earlier, so we joined the ladies at the Avalanche Grill at the Powderhorn Ski Resort for dinner (only one open after 5:00 pm), then headed to the cabin.
The next morning, I got up and walked around the lakes (at 6:45 am). Then my nephew wanted to walk around too. So I went twice. Here are some shots. My nephew was in shorts, t-shirt, wind shirt, and blanket! It was cool, but not cold.