8.5 miles roundtrip with 2000 feet of elevation climbed. Lots of water, a little snow and a surprise skeleton. Photo highlights below:
|"I smell something yummy - do you see it?" asks Max.|
"I do, I do - I do see something yummy!" demonstrates Zorro.
What is that hanging from the dead tree.....
|Yes - that really is an actual skeleton (spine & ribs) of some animal hanging from atop|
this dead tree! Max & Zorro wanted to check the ribs for any leftover meat :-)
|Approaching Lower Crystal Lake in the center of this photo. I have used the little cabin to the|
right to "huddle inside and thaw out" when skijoring this trail and encountering extreme winds.
|And this water crossing is even deeper than the one above. What to do...|
"KEEP GOING!" exclaims Zorro as he proceeded to plug his nose and hop in to keep trucking.
|"Ah, snow bath!" says Zorro.|
"Yum, snow cones!" says Max.
|Approaching Upper Crystal Lake and almost to the top of Crystal Peak!|
We are just over 13,000 feet elevation at this point.
|Upper Crystal Lake behind us and an old cabin next to us.|
"Look -walls! Can we move in here?" asks happy Max.
"Look marmots - free food!" says fixated Zorro.