10, 2013 (Sunday)
Pole Hill with Chris, Eric, Rob
Meet up with Chris, Eric & Rob for a trip to the Pole Hill
trail. It was a nice day.
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Excitement for the day
(no flop or roll, thankfully)
The "Yellow Jeep"
Another couple that was out on the trail today.
|Traveling up US-36 from Lyons.
The road, from the
past flooding, open a few days ago. Where you see black asphalt - that
is new from washout conditions. There is still a fair bit of refuse to
|The clean, rocky areas is where
the floodwaters carried debris down the canyon.
|One of the large, substantial
|On the Pole Hill trail. Wonderful
snow capped peaks to our west.
|The first (of three) sections of
|We contemplated "chopping down"
the side sections that intruded into the center section of the trail -
wasn't to happen.
|Hip deep ledge we'd want to chop
down then drive down.
|Nice views from the spot!
|Up past the eroded section, into
A few hundred feet prior there was a decent tree across the trail. The
electric chain saw made nice work of it.
|Out to the east/southeast.
|The mud pits. We have to process
this section twice
as the trail ahead, we had yet to learn, was blocked with a HUGE tree
along with severe erosion.
Decisions as to which way to travel.
|Thread between the big, long
water hole (covered with 2" ice), the swampy area, and a smaller water
|Rob pushing ice chunks in the
long water hole.
|Another trail jeep, yet to have a
license plate put onto it and it's out on the trails (I do assume it's
a used vehicle).
|Yellow Jeep, sitting, a bit high
centered, at the deep end of the long water hole.
|The second eroded section. Just
into the trees is a ~2' diameter tree across the trail.
|Looking west to Estes Park
|Rob bent some of the body.