Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sat, 15 June - Mt Hope Pass and down to Twin Lakes

Steep climb up to Mt Hope Pass.  Passed on old shelter on the way. At the pass ii attempted a climb toward the summit of Mt Hope but I didn't find a trail and the approach was sketchy.  I chickened out.  It looks like it might be more approachable from the north arm.
Still fantastic views!  

From after the lip of the pass it was snow free and I made the decent down to Twin Lakes.  A jogger said the ford at the lake was swift but easy.  Yah, right.  I found a broad sandbar and made the cold and swiftly moving water crossing with water up to almost my hip belt.  Then more small streams all the way to the road.  

I meet my nephew David from Aspen as he mountain biked around the lake and we had a few beers at the general store with a few other hikers.

Spent the night in Snowmass Village at David's and we went out for wings and pitchers of beer at the bar while watching the hockey playoffs.

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