12,000 Feet

Boreas Pass was our destination today, and the start of our hike.
[Note for Dillon Day 1, the road we drove up towards Argentine Pass, was the Peru road]

This road used to be a railroad route and there were a few remaining items to make that clear.
The first was a Baker Tank, used to water the train.
I found this interesting because in Washington they use Baker Tanks as portable water tanks for construction sites. They can be used to hold water needed for the construction, or hold the water while it is being treated prior to discharge, so it will not be silty or polluted.

Then there was the train stop at the top of Boreas Pass itself. Several buildings still exist here, including one used for a restroom – very handy. This area looks like a great place for winter skiing, and there were notes in the restroom requesting you to make sure the door was fully closed. Apparently the john can fill with snow drifts if the door is left even a crack open.

Boreas Pass (named after the wind god) at 11,481 feet lived up to its name, and we started with jackets on.

We chose to hike from the pass up along Hoosier Ridge. Of course after a short while we were warm and a bit sheltered and took off the jackets. There were flowers along the route, a few of which I captured in pictures. The Elephant head blooms each look like an elephants head. I do not know the name of the other flower.

Bob, Carl, Ashlan & I started up the trail. Doris followed a good way, but did not attempt the full route. Ashlan shot ahead after a bit and we could see her at the top for quite a while before we joined them. Beautilful views from the top, and you can see quite a ways. The town of Breckenridge is visible in some of the shots.

We essentially followed the Continental Divide up from Boreas Pass, and ended our trek at 12,029 feet. Not bad for us sea level dwellers.

The walk down was nice, but you needed to be careful and really watch your step. We met up with Doris after a bit, and hiked the rest of the way down together.

Lunch was next to a field of flowers with more great views, including looking up to where we had been earlier.

Finally on the way down we stopped at a Lake Dillon overlook and enjoyed the local wildlife. We had seen some of their brethren earlier on the mountain, although not quite as well fed. No big animals today.

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If you are interested in big animals, check out the Marquis post from the RegenAxe link.

One Response to “12,000 Feet”

  1. regenaxe Says:

    I think the little chipmunk is a Least Chipmunk — see how s/he has stripes all the way to the nose, and Bruno does not? I only overheard part of what the ranger was saying to a group we overtook in Grand Teton NP, so I’m not sure about this.

    –Pooh

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