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1.1

1.1

I am a sucker for mountain wild flowers. These are just a few of the beautiful flowers along the way.


1.2 Betty Lake

1.2 Betty Lake

This is the payoff. Betty Lake with the Continental Divide in the background. If you hike to the divide, you can look over the Frasier Valley and see Mary Jane and Winter Park Ski area. This picture and the next 8 pictures make up a panorama of the view from just above Betty Lake. The upcoming pictures move clockwise in a circle


1.3

1.3

Picture #2 looking around from Betty Lake


1.4 Rock Face

1.4 Rock Face

Picture #3 shows the 400 ft. hillside that my son Mitchell and I climbed on Sunday morning. We were actually able to go right up the face using the rock shoot in the left center. It was a fun, tiring, hand over hand climb and almost as interesting coming down.


1.5 Turning east

1.5 Turning east

Picture #4 in the series. Beginning to turn toward the east.


1.6 Mostly looking east

1.6 Mostly looking east

Picture #5 in the series. This one is interesting because it looks back down the valley that we hiked up and if you look in the upper left hand part of the photo you will see on old railroad truss. There are actually two of these trusses along this cliff face. Truly an engineering spectacular!


1.7 Swinging around to the south

1.7 Swinging around to the south

In picture #6 of the series, again the railroad truss, this time in the upper left hand part of the picture.


1.8 Looking Southwest

1.8 Looking Southwest

Photo #7 in the series, this photo actually contains a parking area that you can see in on the ridge line. Just left of the little peak in the center is a parking area for a 4wd road that comes up from the Frazier Valley. If you come in from that point, I believe Betty Lake is about 2 miles away.


1.9

1.9

Picture #8 in this series is not the best picture, but it shows two things. One, in the far upper left hand corner and possibly not visible is the trail down to King Lake. Two, and much more interesting is the center snow field. When we were hiking into this area, three snow boarders were boarding down that snow field and climbing back up to do it again. Let me tell you, that is a very steep snowf field. You would have to be in good shape and be a very good boarder to take it on.


2.0 Back around to Betty Lake

2.0 Back around to Betty Lake

Picture #9 in the series brings us all the way back around to Betty Lake. Wow, what a beautiful area.


2.1 Top of the World

2.1 Top of the World

Remember that hillside/rock face Mitchell and I climbed, well here I am on top. In the background is a very nice picture of King Lake and just a corner of Betty Lake in the lower right. What a view.


2.2 Bob Lake

2.2 Bob Lake

Here is Mitchell looking back toward King Lake with Bob Lake and the continental divide in the background.


2.3 Mountain Yellow

2.3 Mountain Yellow

With Bob Lake in the background


2.4 Flowers along the King Lake Trail

2.4 Flowers along the King Lake Trail


2.5 Bubbling brook

2.5 Bubbling brook

More wild flowers


2.6 My boys fly fishing Betty Lake

2.6 My boys fly fishing Betty Lake

This is the first ever picture of my boys fly fishing at the same time


2.7 Cutthroat payoff

2.7 Cutthroat payoff

These and other cuts were not exactly eager, but they were catchable. We caught fish an a parachuts adams, prince nymph, flashback emerger, and a mesquito pattern.


2.8 Dinner

2.8 Dinner

Can you hear the dinner bell ringing? The only trout I have ever eaten from Colorado water are high mountain trout. So far, they have never dissapointed.


2.9 Continental divide

2.9 Continental divide

Another picture of the top of this beautiful drainage


Hesse Trailhead

Hesse Trailhead

Here we are at the Hesse Trailhead. As we stand here, we are 6 miles and 2400 feet below Betty Lake. Bob Lake and King Lake are probably less than 100 feet higher. Good thing we are in shape!