|Andy tests out the narrow trail in fresh snow and ice.|
We look down on the opposite side of Columbine Pass. Finally at the top!
|Looking back up the trail toward Columbine Pass.|
|The rare White-tailed ptarmigan, once more.|
|Andy pauses bedside a rather robust spruce.|
|This talus field has been stable for a long time--witness the undisturbed lichen-covered surfaces.|
|The trail takes us to an abandoned mine and miners cabin.|
|Tracks were still present, and they continued into the old mine shaft.|
|Looking inside the shaft.|
|You can't stop looking up at the high peaks and at the walls and forests looming about you.|
|Big summits everywhere you look.|
|After so much climbing to get over Columbine Pass, it was a relief to descend closer and closer to Chicago Basin.|
|Our campsite and the view from my own tent.|
|All I had to do for this view from my sleeping bag was roll back the tent flap.|
Funny thing about this video is that I didn't even notice the mule deer right at the beginning of the video until she darted for the trees.
|We are visited throughout the day by groups of mule deer.|
|Strange colors revealed by erosion.|
|As we head out of the Basin we continue to drop, headed down to the Needleton Trail head.|
One of many waterfalls in the trailside gorge that we passed on the way out.
|Worth the trip just for the color.|