July 5, 2016
Today we headed out with Ronnie, Carol and their daughter Shannon who is visiting for the week from Brooklyn. Our destination was Paradise Divide.
Our ride started just north of Crested Butte on Slate River Road. It's an easy 27.5 mile loop through absolutely beautiful country. We followed Charles Wells' Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails. The trail starts out as a wide graded road. At about 9 miles the trail narrows and begins a steep climb.
In addition to the book, we had a local tour guide.
All along the way, we passed waterfalls. Some big ones...
and little ones.
Close to 12 miles in, we reached Paradise Divide. Here we stopped at a small snow melt lake to stretch and take pictures.
One of the first flowers to bloom as the snow melts are Glacier Lilies.
A new to me wildflower...the entire plant is edible and important for wildlife. Bears will dig up large areas to find bulbs.
Carol and Shannon...
From here we entered Paradise Basin and headed towards Schofield Pass.
Emerald Lake sure caught our eye as we headed down the narrow pass.
Ummm...I'm thinking lunch !
We meandered along narrow paths in search for the perfect lunch spot and hidden gems along the way.
Lunch with a view...
After lunch, we continued on the narrow shelf road until it turned into Gothic Road which is a well graded wide road.
WOW ! What a wonderful day. Until next time, happy days and...
HAPPY TRAILS !