When I moved to Colorado, everyone in the neighborhood called this peak Turtle Rock.
I’ve climbed to the top many times because it’s so close to my house.
It’s where we watched the solar eclipse.
It’s the first climb I took Charlie on back when I could easily pick him up, before he could leap over any obstacle.
It’s where I’ve seen some magnificent sunsets.
It affords 360 views that include the continental divide and most recently dozens of elk.
But it wasn’t until this summer, when I looked at it from this angle, that I understood why it’s called Turtle Rock.
Charlie playing King of the Mountain.
The path may be challenging, but the view from the top is worth it.
Charlie spends plenty of time hiking, climbing and getting dirty.
Fortunately, he’s happy to hop in the tub as soon as he gets home.
Followed by a nap.
This is the life!
The beauty of living in the mountains is the ability to walk out the door and hike to a peak just behind the house. From the top and its 360 degree view, you can see the snow covered continental divide, the nearby reservoir, nearby peaks, and the forest below.
How can you beat that?
Have a new hiking partner along for his first hike. I wasn’t sure if my ten week old puppy would be able to reach the top, but he was enthusiastically following the trail, and with a little help, he made it over fallen trees all the way to turtle rock! He also did an excellent job of navigating back home!
climbing the canyon
clouds and fog remain below
yet sunshine above