Set the alarm for 5 a.m. today to get out on the West Maroon Trail with Josh Futterman. We were hunting wildflowers, and were fortunate to see plenty of them and more.
Red Lady as overnight mist hung in the valley.
Crystal River were brightened by some "God rays" streaming through the thick trees.
cow parsnip and heartleaf arnica.
Travel Crested Butte web site, with his faithful companion Ivan right alongside.
Snowmass Mountain rising dramatically in the background.
Capitol Peak. I was content to stay right where I was.
We struggled a bit to follow the map and guidebook, having to double back three times after getting off trail and eventually bushwhacking our way back down. The 5.5-mile hike ended up being closer to 6.5 as a result. But it was completely worth it!