I look back up at the summit ridge. What a fantastic scene – deep blue sky, a jagged ridgeline and a white ribbon of snow descending from a majestic summit.
The climb up Grays Peak recently was not an exercise in solitude. At least 70 cars were parked in the trailhead parking lot and the 4.3-mile trail to the summit was well populated with hikers.
With a number of hiking and biking trails close to town, Steamboat almost makes one forget that it’s home to some of the best skiing (particularly glade skiing) in the world.
In late summer, Vernal is a lush oasis with golden fields of corn dotted with sunflowers, a stark contrast to the rugged, arid hills to the north and east.
Before developers and city hall cronies eager to serve them discovered Denver’s Central Platte Valley, this vast area in the heart of Denver was an urban wilderness, frequented only by hobos, spray-can artists and adventurers.