Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christ of the Mines Shrine

The Christ of the Mines Shrine is a 12-ton, 16-feet tall marble statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the town of Silverton, up on Anvil Mountain on the north side of town.  The shrine was built 54 years ago for prosperity and protection for the mining industry. 

I found an interesting article from the Silverton Standard titled How the Shrine Was Built. You can also click on the photo above to make it large enough to read the plaques.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Maggie Gulch

Maggie Gulch is a nice Jeep trail near Silverton, about 4 miles long, one way in, one way out.  The trail quickly climbs into the alpine tundra.  The waterfall above is the Maggie Creek waterfall draining out of the gulch.

The wildflowers are still doing well in Maggie Gulch, close to 12,000 feet in elevation here.

The end of the road takes you to the Intersection Mill and Mine built in the 1890's, and still has the stamp battery intact.

If you are Jeeping in the Silverton area and want to try a short, less traveled trail, Maggie Gulch is a great one!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife information HERE, there are about 1,000 moose in Colorado, and we saw two of them today in South Mineral Creek near Silverton. I have been wanting to see moose for what seems so long, and we were finally in the right place at the right time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hope Lake

Maralee and I got out for one of my favorite hikes today, Hope Lake, also known as Lake Hope.  New trailhead sign this year!!

I was happy to be in the wildflowers.

A couple of dogs were swimming in the lake when we got there.

I brought along my new favorite hiking guide for our area, Southwest Colorado High Country Day Hikes Telluride by Anne and Mike Poe.  I met them at their book signing at Between the Covers.  They are super nice people and have written a wonderful hiking guide, full of beautiful photos, great maps and a rating system to help you find a hike with the distance and views you desire. Please visit their website Take a Hike Guide Books for more information on how to purchase their books.  We also own the books for Ouray/Silverton and Moab.

Wildflowers and Vermillion Peak.  I like the yellow only view below, too.


The lake was really full compared to last year when we were up there in late June (next photo below).  All of the snow has melted now and really filled in the lake.  Of course, they are probably not letting much water out that runs down to Trout Lake as the draining of Trout Lake is currently happening, as you will see below.

The photo above was taken today, and you can see the shrinking Trout Lake.  The photo below was taken last year in late June when Trout lake was pretty full.


Trout Lake is being drained as part of a project on the gate and pipe system that controls the flow of water out of the lake.  The water flows to the Ames Hydroelectric Plant in Ophir.  It is a strange site to see, and probably won't happen again in my lifetime.

The Geese and the Elk

Into the Wild Wiebe

Similar to the Jud Wiebe trail, the Owl Gulch trail is more famously known to locals as the Wild Wiebe.  Hiking east to west, the trail begins farther east and hooks back up with Jud Wiebe.  Beginning on Tomboy Road, which leads to Imogene Pass, the trailhead is about 1.4 miles up the road, starting in the first switchback that heads west.  It is not marked with a sign, but it is an obvious trail as you can see above.

The trail conditions are good, but shown above, much of the trail is a little wilder and less traveled.  I hesitate to even share this hike as it is a little lesser known and most days one can hike it without seeing another person.  The trail is about 3 miles long, which is not counting the time hiking up Tomboy Road or exiting the hike on Jud Wiebe.  According to Jay's GPS, we reached an elevation of 10,114 feet.  Tomboy Road starts at the top of Oak Street at about 8,800 feet.

There is an awesome view into Bear Creek from this hike, and from there you can easily see lift 15 and Revelation Bowl.

Looking over to Bridal Veil Falls.

Bears obviously frequent this trail, too!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Every Heart Beats True

I have to admit, I was totally shocked when a reflection of an American flag and clouds showed up in this photo taken during the Telluride 4th of July parade.  I chose this photo for my contest entry for the Telluride Hot Shot Photo ContestI won one of the 10 Honorable Mentions!!  Thanks so much to the judges and sponsors.  To see a video of all of the winners, please visit Telluride Inside...And Out.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The 4th of July in Telluride

For the second year in a row, no fireworks are allowed in Telluride, but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying the day!

No parade is complete without Glider Bob.

I always enjoy MaryDawn's group of Bernese Mountain Dogs from Alpen Schatz.