We’re enjoying our time in the Crested Butte area so far with our Lazy Daze entourage in the meadow. From left, Chris, Chuck and Carla, us and Debbie.
We went into town one night for pizza and beer at The Brick Oven. Gourmet pizza and 30 beers on tap, what’s not to like! And most days we’ve spent hiking, as usual.
We did a nice hike on the Washington Gulch trail about 5 miles up the road from our campsite. Good thing Chuck drove their Jeep to the 11,000’ trailhead, as the road gets pretty rough and steep. It is a beautiful trail, but we’re still having haze from the western fires so it didn’t make for the best views.
We passed an old mine along the way.
Climbed gradually to views with more mining equipment below.
Chuck and Carla are slowly adjusting to the altitude change from Iowa.
We came across a memorial bench in need of repair.
And continued on to an overlook.
I kept going down the trail while they were hanging around the overlook, but it was a steep descent to Gothic Valley and I knew my trail mates would not want to come back up, so we turned around there for about a 3 mile hike. A dark cloud with cold rain and strong wind came over us on our way back so it was a good thing we turned back when we did.
We saw several people on mountain bikes on the trail but it was much too steep for biking in our opinion. Of course they all looked to be in their twenties, which makes a difference. If the haze clears up we would like to go back and hike this one again.