|I left Denver around 6:00am and drove up I-25 to I-70 westbound. I got off at Idaho Springs and drove Virginia Canyon Road to Central City. Virginia Canyon Road is a narrow, steep, winding dirt road - a real "white knuckler" in my Saturn! I'm glad I was going up instead of down! I continued on the Peak-to-Peak Highway to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. I parked at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead (elevation 10,400) and hiked three miles to Blue Lake (elevation 11,300.)|
|Yours truly on a footbridge just a short distance from the trailhead.|
|Mitchell Lake is one mile from the trailhead.|
|Yours truly at Mitchell Lake.|
|A view of the stream flowing from Mitchell Lake.|
|Mitchell Lake from above.|
|Making friends on the trail...this is Bob Zinser (left) and Dave Johnston (right). Both have had open heart surgery. They hike together regularly. Pretty cool, huh?|
|Almost to Blue Lake.|
|Small flowers on the trail.|
|The stream below Blue Lake.|
|Water flowing from Blue Lake. Colorado is experiencing a severe drought. I suspect there would be much more water here in a "normal" year.|
|Yours truly at Blue Lake.|
|Dave Johnston (left) and Bob Zinser (right) at Blue Lake.|
|The falls which feed Blue Lake.|
Copyright © 2002 by Bill Qualls. Last updated September 8, 2002.
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