My Photos of Rocky Mountain Scenery
May 26, 2012 - In two days I will be climbing
Mt. Sheridan (elevation 13,748')
in the Mosquito Range. Although I have some fitness from gym workouts, I wanted some training
at a higher elevation, which led me to Cottonwood Pass (12,126 feet) this morning.
As funny as this may seem for a page dedicated to Rocky Mountain scenery, above was the first photo I snapped while driving.
With strong winds blowing wildfire smoke from New Mexico and southwest Colorado into our area,
we could barely see Mount Princeton,
which stands prominently to the west of our valley.
At Cottonwood Pass, I hiked on the Continental Divide Trail.
As you can see, piles of snow still remain in the mountain region.
The mountain scenery was on the hazy side. Above is a shot of Jones Mountain (far right) east of the divide.
The Cottonwood Pass sign at the divide. This has to be the most photographed thing at this site, because of the large number of vacation traffic this area receives.
I hiked all over the place, simply walking at a brisk pace. I did include myself in the photo above in a large snow area.
Below timberline, as I was returning to Buena Vista, I snapped pictures of
the snow remaining in the forest. Yes folks, it was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Snow takes its time melting in the Rocky Mountains! :)
Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.