Late summer is a good time to hike in the high country. Wildflowers are still blooming, foliage is starting to change colors, and temperatures are perfect.
Saturday, some local hikers and I climbed Mount Sopris in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Mount Sopris (elevation 12,953 feet) is part of the Elk Mountains, and towers above Carbondale and the Roaring Fork River Valley. To get there, from the intersection of Colorado State Hwy. 82 and Hwy. 133, head south on Hwy. 133 through Carbondale, turn left on Prince Creek Road. Follow road about five miles, until you come to the trailhead parking area at Dinkle Lake. Mount Sopris is a strenuous round-trip hike of 12 miles, that starts at 8,600 feet elevation.
Sept. 8, 2012, is the 39th annual Imogene Pass Run where runners from across the country compete in a race over the mountain pass from Ouray to Telluride.
Monday, a local group of runners and hikers including myself decided to do "backwards Imogene" from Telluride to Ouray. Either way, it's a strenuous 17-mile trip.
Elevation: Ouray 7,810 feet; Summit 13,120 feet; Telluride 8,820 feet.