All those late afternoon clouds were promising for some spectacular sunset colors, but there were too many of them to the west…sun dropped behind early and never showed up again. The side benefit, summit was pretty deserted, which is how I personally like it.

Good Times

About to hit that ice on down hill slope. Hard smooth ice, it was covered by a few inches of fresh snow and descending it was easy and fun. Ascending it, well, it was not visible on my way up to the Black Lake and I ended up doing some body snow surfing, even in snowshoes. Fun times in the mountains! Can’t wait for another adventure and I’m about to have a toast 🥂 for many more to come!

Up to the Black Lake

Had to take advantage of holiday and do some fresh snow backyard adventure. Managed to get all the way to the Black Lake in #rockymountainnationalpark and quick stop at the end of the day at Dream Lake. By the end it got so cold (7F according to my car) that layer under the windbreaker was white frosty frozen when I took it off before getting in the car.

You might notice that I’m standing knee deep in fresh powder. Post Mills Lake snowshoes were must to have. All lakes are now fully covered in snow, 4-10 inches at least.

Windy Sunset

Very windy at the ridge while exposed to the west, all those 20+ miles/hour today winds in Indian Peaks could be felt at Sanitas, especially at some exposed spots on the Lion’s Lair. As soon as you get on the east side, it’s like there is no wind at all. Boulder is very protected from the west.

Not Too Bad

Unpromissing sunset did turn out a few sparks, just for a few minutes. Always nice to have little reward in the middle of the hike. My hike #9 up to Mount Sanitas.