Got in another hike on the latest trip to Crested Butte -- the Lower Loop Trail right outside of town. Taryn had specific requests for not-too-long and not-too-steep, which made this an ideal choice.
Slate River Valley, aided on Wednesday morning by some incoming clouds.
gray jays took a keen interest in us when we stopped for a quick rest on a bench. I wish I'd gotten the eye in sharper focus in this shot, but I loved the detail in the feathers too much not to share it.
Taryn was determined to get a picture of one of the many chipmunks or ground squirrels who were running around starting to store up food for winter. She scoured these rocks, but came up empty.
We parked in the lot by the alien shack and cut a couple of miles off of the hike's full length, going a little more than five miles in a little less than three hours. Not too strenuous, but still gorgeous!