Colorado Trail – Collegiate West day 4

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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Mineral Basin to Tunnel Lake

Good morning from the sunny continental divide. 🙂

DSCN1634I hate starting with a steep climb. Steep climbs like this.
DSCN1637 DSCN1640A lady hiking the opposite direction spotted ptarmigan.
DSCN1643 DSCN1649I celebrated reaching this 12,824ft (3908m) pass. It should be a big deal. Yet this pass has no name, no sign. Not even a cairn.

DSCN1660It was windy, as usual. So I didn’t stay long. Down and down.
DSCN1666 DSCN1670 DSCN1671There are many different species of birds I can’t recognize. Woodpeckers are noisy in forested areas. Those I can identify. 🙂
DSCN1680 DSCN1687 DSCN1692 DSCN1696That’s Tincup Pass Road near St Elmo. ATVs were here in number.
DSCN1697I washed up in the creek.
DSCN1703Then took a siesta for an hour or so. DSCN1711The Tunnel Lake trail ascent more gentle than usual.DSCN1712DSCN1717

Tunnel Lake
Tunnel Lake

Wanting some shelter from (possible) lightning storm, I camped by the lake. Oddly there were almost no established tent sites. In the end I crammed my Hubba into this spot.DSCN1724Another couple set-up in a fairly lousy spot, I thought, up above. DSCN1723At dusk a hare came by to check me out. The first time I can recall any rabbit being curious about my tent.

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