Timber Lake

On the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Not far from my recent hike from Milner Pass towards Mount Ida, but about two thousand feet lower in elevation and a little further west.  The trail starts at around 9300 feet MSL and climbs to the Lake at 11,040 feet.  There isn't much that is really steep - but it just climbs all the way - for 5.1 miles. 

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On the way to the trailhead, I paused to take a shot of some nice clouds near Lake Irene. 

Sunrise near Lake Irene.

Sunrise near Lake Irene.

Although it is only August, the elk can already be heard trumpeting early in the morning.  Autumn is not far away.

Although it is only August, the elk can already be heard trumpeting early in the morning.  Autumn is not far away.

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Purple Finch,  Carpodacus purpureus.

Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus.

Purple Finch,  Carpodacus purpureus.
Timber Lake from the rock fall at its head.

Timber Lake from the rock fall at its head.

This might be the largest mushroom I have ever seen - bigger than my hand!

This might be the largest mushroom I have ever seen - bigger than my hand!

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It was a good day for mushrooms.

It was a good day for mushrooms.

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Unnamed lake just west of Timber Lake.

Unnamed lake just west of Timber Lake.

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Milner Pass towards Mount Ida

A hike along the Continental Divide. 

This route starts at Milner Pass on the Continental Divide.  It climbs from about 10,500 ft. MSL to well above the tree line, towards the summit of Mt. Ida, at 12,280 ft. 

Starting point - Poudre Lake at dawn.

Starting point - Poudre Lake at dawn.

The route.

The route.

Ptarmigan in summer colors.

Ptarmigan in summer colors.

Elk graze at dawn.  "Nice rack!"  "Thanks - you, too."

Elk graze at dawn.

"Nice rack!"

"Thanks - you, too."

Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

Front porch with a view.

Front porch with a view.

Many paths in addition to the human trail.

Chipmunks at play.

Chipmunks at play.

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"Small Apollo" butterfly.

"Small Apollo" butterfly.

Looking from the Continental Divide over a few unnamed lakes towards Forest Canyon, with Trail Ridge and Trail Ridge Road in the distance.

Looking from the Continental Divide over a few unnamed lakes towards Forest Canyon, with Trail Ridge and Trail Ridge Road in the distance.

Rocky Mountain panorama.

Rocky Mountain panorama.

A rock rabbit, or Pica.

A rock rabbit, or Pica.

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Storing up for the winter?

Storing up for the winter?

Mule deer.

Mule deer.

A mushroom bursts forth.

A mushroom bursts forth.

Many mushrooms burst forth.

Many mushrooms burst forth.

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