Ouzel Lake trail left, Thunder lake trail right.
A little over 3 miles to reach Thunder Lake.
Mount Copeland from Thunder Lake Trail.
Looking West from Thunder Lake Trail.
Martensia Falls ribbons through the forest across the valley from Thunder Lake Trail.
Zooming in on Martensia Falls
Another shot of Martensia Falls.
Kurt Hansen, North St. Vrain Creek, Thunder Lake Trail.
The trail winds back and forth across North St. Vrain creek for several miles.
Dan at another creek crossing.
Cody from Sombrero Ranches ( http://www.sombrero.com) and his pack horses. Packing up gear for customers that paid to have their gear packed in and out for a comping trip.
This is roughly the route that Kurt and Dan traveled from Thunder Lake to reach the Boulder-Grand pass. Then came the hard part! Getting through the forest and finding a good trail on the West side.
Views from Thunder Lake (extreme right)
Kurt by the Ranger Cabin at Thunder Lake
The wildflowers around Thunder Lake - and much of the high country - were amazing and in full bloom very late in the year due to all the snow.
Stepping stones across a small meadow above Thunder Lake. Looking back toward the East.
Looking South across Thunder Lake, below Tanima Peak.
Now that's a fishing spot! Thunder Lake.
Snow among the trees and wildflowers
Heading up from Thunder Lake to around 11,000 feet.
Onward and upward
Kurt getting ready for a little climbing
Up through the rocks!
Snow still scattered among the trees above Thunder Lake.
Heading further up, we approach a meadow with several large, scattered boulders
Massive boulders strewn in a meadow. Pilot Mountain (?) rises to the northwest
I think this is Pilot Mountain (or Mt. Alice?) which rises northwest of Thunder Lake and East of the Continental Divide. Dramatic cliffs.
Beautiful Fan Falls to our North
Time to move on. Snow drift still covers the trail as we approach 11,000 feet
Waterfall, forest and snow. Not sure where this is.
Is it spring yet? Flowers finally breaking free of the snowcover. Not long before the snow flies again.