My body was busy acclimating to Colorado elevation and temperatures. The previous day I felt that 11,000′ as I snowshoed from Wolf Creek Pass to the Lobo Overlook on the Continental Divide (link to related post). I continued my travels northeast on CO-160 to South Fork, then turned northwest on CO-149 to Creede, after which I came upon this sign.
Who cares that it’s 27F and 8am, it’s just a short jaunt. What’s an Observation Site? It’s a viewpoint or overlook.
According to signage, it’s a drop of more than a 100 feet off the edge of the rock shelf that creates North Clear Creek Falls. The rock shelf, called the Nelson Mountain Tuff, was formed out of ash flows from an enormous volcanic eruption about 27 millions years ago.
That’s some icy water.
Yaktraks made for safe walking across this icy tundra. They aren’t nearly as aggressive as microspikes but served the purpose on this day. The Altra Lone Peak Neoshell shoes keep my feet toasty warm and dry during the winter.
Another short jaunt I’d taken the previous date was to Treasure Falls, near Pagosa Springs off CO-160.
It’s a 105 foot drop. Too bad I didn’t pull out my camera, so the best I have is this stinkin’ phone photo.
When traveling through new areas I like to stop at the scenic byway posters to gain perspective and find short jaunts like the two mentioned above.
I’m always drawn to high points.
Travel days are a good way to build miles though a series of mini jaunts.
Views from the Continental Divide from Slumgullion Summit (love the word).
Just a bit west of Slumgullion Pass.
Further west on CO-149.
Check out this private bridge on Lake San Cristobal.
A view of the bridge from the other side of the lake. Must have cost a pretty penny!
The geology changed as I got nearer Lake City.
Self discovery is the best. I’d driven down this road in Lake Fork Canyon to find a campsite.
Lake Fork of the Gunnison would provide nature’s lullaby.
The gift however was this discovery as I took a short jaunt.
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