Friday, January 25, 2013

Snowshoeing on the Ptarmigan Trail

On Monday this week, I went snowshoeing with the "Snowshoe Hares" group from the Summit County Senior Center on the Ptarmigan Trail near Silverthorne, Colorado. We hiked to the lookout that provides a breathtaking view of Lake Dillon, the Gore Range and the valley below. We made our way through aspen and pine forests, over frozen creeks and fallen logs, and past animal tracks and evidence of elk bedding down overnight near the trail. The total distance was just over 4 miles, with an almost 1000' altitude gain. Quite a workout!

The photos below were taken by my husband, starting with one of me, then of me with the rest of the group.

The photos below were taken at the overlook, starting with three scenic shots, then one of three of us sitting on a log and eating lunch, then one of my husband and me before we started the trek back to the parking lot. As you can see, it was gorgeous day!


VH Folland said...

Those photographs are absolutely stunning. Do you do these walks regularly?

Beth Groundwater said...

I'm trying to snowshoe at once or twice a week this winter. It's a great workout in lovely settings.