Being in Crested Butte this week made a hike very likely. Bluebird skies on Tuesday sealed the deal. A quick perusal of the 65 Scenic Day Hikes book pointed me to Three Lakes Loop -- just a 40-minute drive and three-mile trek. Destination set, I headed out around noon.
Marcellina Mountain and the Ruby Range. During peak foliage this must be stunning.
East Beckwith Mountain.
Crested Butte along Kebler Pass Road, I stopped to capture the color and reflections in some beaver ponds. If I'd been paying closer attention I might have gotten a shot of the resident beaver, too. He noticed me first, dove under water with a splash and then gave me an indignant tail slap before entering his lodge.
I waited here for a bit hoping he'd come back out. But like most wildlife photography opportunities, it was a one-time deal.
For a time of year I generally consider to be one of the least attractive from a landscape standpoint, this was still a beautiful little hike!