Fall Color Explosion - Elk Mountains

Waited out the weekend crowd then headed to the hills to take in natures fall color display.  We explored Lincoln Creek near Independence Pass looking for a place to hangout for the evening before heading to the Maroon Bells the next morning.  We found a glorious little gem of an area, maybe my favorite Vanski site to date!  Came with its own 4x4 rock slab driveway, rendering it inaccessible to many vehicles.   It also came with its own narrow canyon with swimming holes and waterfalls!   

 Our Backyard for a Night - Lincoln Creek, CO

Our Backyard for a Night - Lincoln Creek, CO

 
 Sievers Mountain - Elk Mountains, CO 

Sievers Mountain - Elk Mountains, CO 

 
 Summit Cairn 

Summit Cairn 

 
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 Camp - Lincoln Creek

Camp - Lincoln Creek

This glorious spot we accessed via some rock slab 4-wheeling

 
 Levitating Boulder

Levitating Boulder

 
 Lights

Lights

 
 Nature is Unreal - Elk Mountains, CO

Nature is Unreal - Elk Mountains, CO

 
 Crater Lake Trail

Crater Lake Trail

 
 Dinner Time

Dinner Time

 
 An Old Stagecoach Stop in Route to Aspen

An Old Stagecoach Stop in Route to Aspen

 
 Caffeine Syringe 

Caffeine Syringe 

 
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 Yellow

Yellow

 
 Maroon Bells - Maroon Lake, CO

Maroon Bells - Maroon Lake, CO

 
 Happy Hikers

Happy Hikers