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Here is where we parked at the Grandview Cemetary which is right off Hwy 9 across the Blue River to the West. We turned west off Hwy 9 toward the town of Heeney just before Green Mountain Reservior.

The sign you can see in the picture tells a tale about a stream of people coming to the area from Kansas. You know the saying "fences make good neighbors"? Well, these were the first people to build fences in this area and the free range ranchers were not at all happy about it. These farmers from Kansas became known locally as the "Kansas Bastards". Wow, tough area.


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We love to stop and enjoy the mountain wild flowers and this is a great year for them. Behind the flowers you can see the Blue River running below. The blue is a "Gold Metal" trout stream and a beautiful and robust ribbon of water as it runs through the valley.


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This picture just backs off slightly from the last one and you can see the road we drove in on and Hwy 9 in the background past the Blue.


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Did I mention we love mountain wild flowers? Look at these beauties! The blues are just too blue and the beautiful white flower is done no justice in the photo.

Our climb started along a 4 wheel drive trail cutting through sage brush as it winds up the hillside. Great flowers and a great view behind us of Green Mountain Reservior. It may be tempting to drive up to the Brush Creek Trail Head. Don't do it. It's a beautiful mixed terrain walk worth the time and effort.


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After climbing above the sage the trail weaves through a pine beatle kill stand of pines. I am just amazed by the beatle kill in parts of Colorado and the Gore Range has been decimated. However, don't misunderstand me, I think it adds to the beauty and intrigue of the area. Sometimes there are so many pines down that the hiking is difficult and that's no fun for me either. But if you inspect what is going on among the dead pines, you will find an under growth of new pine tree growth that is ready to take over and thrive. What a treat to see the majesty and change associated with God's creation.


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Emerging from the pines and finally a glimpse of the Gore.


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Here we are at the Brush Creek Trail Head that also pretty closely marks the start of the designated wilderness area. Inside of wilderness areas you are basically allowed to travel on foot or horseback only.

I had read that this area is pretty heavily used by hunters and there are obviously camps set up within 50 yards of this sign. This is really a pretty area that is the end of the road for 4 wheelers and would serve as a nice area to stop for lunch if your on a hike.


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You may have read or heard me talk about the beauty of the Elk River Valley north of Steamboat Springs. The neat thing about the Elk Valley is that you can get a real feel for it while traveling in a car. That is not really true about the Blue River Valley.

This valley is a true beauty, but to get the feel for it you need to get up on the ridges of the Gore Range or the background mountains you see are the Williams Fork Range.


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I love this picture because it helps show exactly where we camped even though we are still 3 1/2 miles away (oh, and of course I like it because of the hot babe in the picture).

If you go right straight up above Corina's head, we camped right in front of that rounded edge mountian on the right of the picture. Had we had the time and energy, it looked it could be climbed.

You will see more of these mountains in pictures coming up, especially those around the lake. See if you recognize the peaks from this picture.


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Moving from the Brush Creek Trail to the Gore Range Trail.


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Crossing the creek. We sidehilled along this beautiful valley and finally crossed it right after getting on the Gore Range Trail.


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Into the next valley we trecked.


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The grand Blue River Valley...is there anything more to say?


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If you bring this picture up to full size and check out the brown tones in the trees in the background of the center and right side, you are seeing huge stands of beatle killed pines. Just amazing.


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This must be a roving trail guide of something.


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We came upon Lost Lake about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and it was blowing and thundering and looking like rain. We were all out hustling to get to our campsite and set up shelter. I snapped this shot quickly just as we came up on the lake.

We did get our shelter up on time and then enjoyed a nap as the rain fell until about 6 p.m.


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The stunning morning view.


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This shot was taken within a few feet of the last two pictures and is panned just to the right. It shows the round top mountain I pointed out earlier over Corina's head.


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This pretty little guy was not really done any justice by my photography, but I had never seen one just like him. He looked like a black phase monarch.