July 23, 2016
Joe and I headed out with Ronnie and Carol to Lost Lake Campground where the trailhead for Three Lakes Loop was located. Lost Lake CG is located on Kebler Pass Road which is a left turn this side of Crested Butte. It's a drive through a historic neighborhood of hodge podge homes...some really nice, some really cute, and some really run down.
Other than a quick stop at the Visitor Center, we have not made any stops in Crested Butte. It is always busy and congested.
We traveled about 17 miles on Kebler Pass...a gorgeous drive through aspen forests, evergreens, and slopes of wildflowers before we made the left hand turn to Lost Lake CG.
Our hike started at the lower parking lot.
We did a counter clockwise loop that began on the Beckwith Pass Trail which climbs up to a junction with Three Lakes Trail.
I enjoyed the beauty and fragrance of the abundant wild roses.
Lake 1 of 3 was Lost Lake Slough along Middle Creek. It is much prettier and bigger than Lost Lake.
The smells, sights, sounds and feel of the forest...makes my heart happy !
|Showy Fleabane grow in large clumps from sagebrush hills to subalpine meadows.
The last section of the loop was easy as we passed The Falls and headed down toward Lost Lake...lake 3 of 3.
Of course no hike here is complete without a creek crossing. Here Middle Creek flows into Lost Lake.
As we headed home on Kebler Pass, I noticed what looked like coneflowers in large bunches along the road that had already bloomed. This brought back memories of the sticks and bricks and my gardens. Joe pulled over and I quickly got a picture. To my surprise as I was looking in Wild About Wildflowers I found what I had photographed.
This is a Rayless Coneflower and what you see is what you get. It never had petals. These purply-brown cones of disc flowers bloom late in the summer. The guide even stated that they are abundant on the west side of Kebler Pass.
So, until next time happy trails !
|Street art in Crested Butte