Monday, January 22, 2018

Twin Peaks Campground - Twin Lakes - Black Cloud Trail - Mt. Elbert

Lake Creek
In the shadows of the mountains Mt. Elbert & Mt. Massive, Twin Peaks Campground offers the primitive solitude that one may seek for retreat.  Nothing fancy here, barely large enough to fit my 30', no dump stations or electric, but solace and safety, a spot you may call home base for the night.

Black Cloud Trail

Approximately a 3/4 mile hike along route 82, the less popular entrance to Colorado's highest peak begins.  The journey from here may add an additional mile and 1000 total feet of elevation gain to reach summit.  However, I'm sure the added expense would be worth the trip.  You would first summit over 14,000 feet at the South Mt. Elbert Peak, which is not considered part of the 14ers since the prominence from here to Mt. Elbert is less than what is to be considered, prominent.  This route meets up with the third, and longest route, the Southern Mt. Elbert Trail.  If it wasn't for Ayden's broken arm, we would have likely hiked from here that next morning.  Instead...

Let's Camp!

Burgers on the grill!

That next morning...

How about a little hike at 10,000 feet

This was more for just loosening up the legs and adapting to the Colorado air up here.  Seemingly always moist, this lush landscape was the step we were needing.

Twin Lakes

Later that morning we packed up and drove down the road some to Twin Lakes.  Perhaps added another mile or so of footage to the elevation.  Nothing fancy, climbed a nearby hill, soaked in some lake views and kept it easy for more to come...

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