It was a beautiful day to hike to the top of our mountain. The good part is that all we need to do is walk out our back door and head straight up the mountain. Going up is not so bad but coming down is hard. The below photo is standing perched on top of our mountain, directly back from our house, and looking toward the West. We live at 9,750' and the top of the mountain is 10,500' which doesn't sound like much of a climb but the closer you get to the top the more vertical it becomes.
We hike 40-50 feet and stop and rest. The upward hike takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. It takes one hour to hike down. For someone with bad knees the down part is the worst. I feel like one of those stick figure men on a stick that when you jiggle them the legs go every which way. There are loose rocks, pine cones, and broken and fallen trees to watch out for coming down. But as the photo's below reveal, the hike is well worth it in wonderful views. Click on the photo and it will enlarge.
This is looking to the northeast, and the bald mountain is Mt. Mestas which is around 12,000 + feet in elevation. Today it was a little hazy but usually you can have your picnic and look both ways off the top of the mountain and see for endless miles.
So today we went to the top of the mountain, had a picnic, sat and enjoyed the view, and took in all the beautiful sights. Now time for a nap....