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PostSubject: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Whale Peak, Colorado, sorry not sure how eddy gets his maps to show up so i gave you the link Smile
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216389344331023168113.0004acc0bd782aabd5109&msa=0&ll=39.486158,-105.83147&spn=0.068229,0.125999
Total Distance: 19.38 km (12.0 mi)
Total Time: 7:05:47
Moving Time: 2:56:31
Average Speed: 2.73 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 6.59 km/h (4.1 mi/h)
Max Speed: 13.38 km/h (8.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 2968 m (9739 ft)
Max Elevation: 3975 m (13043 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1387 m (4551 ft)
Max Grade: -2 %
Min Grade: -7 %
Recorded: Sat Sep 10 07:56:24 MDT 2011

We decided to get in one last camping trip this year before fall hits and i think we did it just in time! here is the E all packed and ready to go.


also a thanks to Heather for giving us the Kurgo center blocker for the front seats, it "helps" but does not go low enough to the floor and they can craw under it if we dont stop them in time

We headed up Friday night to the Hall Valley camp ground and took the last of 9 spaces, seems its a big ATV and hunting area. we were a mile from the Gibson lake trail head and the road is very 4 wheel drive and i was not testing the element on that! we set up camp and realized it was COLD!!! we stayed up till about 10 then called it a night.



even in my 0 degree bag i was cold at night, we work up at 6:30am to frost on the inside of the tent and all over Sierra as she was walking next to the walls trying to get out. it was a slow go as we were cold but we got geared up and headed up the 4WD road around 7:40am.

heading up the start of the 4WD

the stream crossing, after that it got real rocky on the road, lots of great camping up till that point and after if your truck can do it.

lots of small critters to excite S&J



the trail to the lake is mostly in the woods then enters alpine right before the lake

Ken and Jack out in front



a few options for water on the way up.







we reached the lake after what seemed to be a long 3 miles!





Whale Peak, there is a clear trail to the lake to follow then its make your own route to the summit.
we stayed at the lake to grab a snack and get ready for the last trek.

silly boy



all smiles sierra

the wildflowers have been great this year!
since we were climbing slower then S&J liked i decided to show Ken how well they do off leash, and off they went, but not to far Wink



they had fun finding critter poo to eat.



looking back at Gibson lake

Jack waiting for us

were getting closer to the summit

we picked the center route up some rock

Ken helped Sierra up

SUMMIT! there was a guy that got there just after we did who took our picture.

he was doing the Continental Divide trail and was from PA! he did not stay long and was headed to Breckenridge that night.

these people were also right behind us on the summit but took a less direct route up

here is Grays and Torreys from my view
and some more summit pictures














we took an "easier" route down per the peoples suggestion




view of Gibson lake and a smaller lake

we made a wrong left and ended up having to make our way down this loose rock



we should have exited at that small peak in the center....

the small lake

Jack was making his own trial, see him in the center....

the "weather" we were hoping to not hit....

we got hailed and snowed on, shortly after that i fell good, on a rock... what else in new!

made it back to the bridge and knew the TH was right around the bend!


Aspen are just starting to change



back at camp with some rain, S&J were tuckered out



enjoying a warm fire Smile
hope you enjoyed our weekend Smile we had a good time despite the weather.

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:54 pm

Awesome pics! The dogs look so happy! And holy furry pants on Sierra and Jack (they're adorable!!!)! Ours have completely shed their summer coats already!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:55 pm

That looked like a cool climb!
Is that new snow on Grays and Torreys?

I want to get one more camping trip in before winter too.
The problem is that everything in the PNW is on fire.
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:15 pm

hollywoodhuskies wrote:
And holy furry pants on Sierra and Jack (they're adorable!!!)
funny you say that! Sierra is like that yr around and in person jacks pants are much thinner! Sierra has yet to blow this summer and man is she getting ready to do a big one, just not sure when...

and Yes Michael, that is fresh snow on Grays and Torreys, did you see eddys picture from the other side he took on his hike sat? sucks everything is on fire for you, we ran into that at the start of summer. im sad we only got camping 3 times this year but hey there is always next year!

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:58 pm

Jenn, those are some amazing pictures! I totally wish we had hiking trails like that around here.

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:15 pm

Is this where I hiked with Claudia? Seems much larger so I'm guessing no.. the little creeks just reminded me of it. Wherever it is, I want to (re)hike it and camp there, so gorgeous! We didn't get to see the lake where Claudia and I went as no one had appropriate gear to go to. I want to go hiking SO bad!

Is the Kurgo barrier working out for you? Yay!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:19 pm

wow it looks gorgeous!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:23 pm

Heatherlee wrote:
Is this where I hiked with Claudia? Seems much larger so I'm guessing no.. the little creeks just reminded me of it. Wherever it is, I want to (re)hike it and camp there, so gorgeous! We didn't get to see the lake where Claudia and I went as no one had appropriate gear to go to. I want to go hiking SO bad!

Is the Kurgo barrier working out for you? Yay!
Heather check out my "old Baldy" post, that is up the road from where you went, we drive past the trailhead you were at to get to the forth of july TH to hike, i love that area as well.

the barrier kind of works since we don't have a center compartment Jack can stick his head under there and sierra squeezed all the way into kens lap after a sharp turn! its still better then nothing, so thank you Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:48 pm

Oh holy moly, just noticed how far down your center goes! Yeah my car only has a maybe 1.5ft gap so that would have worked perfectly with it.

I want to go hike that area again, I was thinking of maybe going not this weekend but the next.. Jarod is gone so the pups and I need to have fun!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:08 pm

Heatherlee wrote:
Oh holy moly, just noticed how far down your center goes! Yeah my car only has a maybe 1.5ft gap so that would have worked perfectly with it.

I want to go hike that area again, I was thinking of maybe going not this weekend but the next.. Jarod is gone so the pups and I need to have fun!

Remeber the dirt road we took and then had to turn around on? That was the way up to hit Fourth of July trailhead. So from there, you can hike a few different trails, depending on how technical/difficult you want the hike to be.

I want to re-hike Lost Lake (the trail that was covered in snow right at the bridge). It's a nice easy hike on my knee (which is why I can't wait for the snow - uneven/rocky terrain just isn't nice on my knees anymore).

We can go on the 24th if you want Heather...it'll be my last weekend before I have all my business travel. We'll still be able to go early November, but you'll need spikes in case there's snow on parts of the trail (but not enough snow for snowshoes).

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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:43 pm

I'd be VERY happy to go the 24th! I don't want to sit home alone all day while Jarod is at his concert, lol. Let's do it!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:27 pm

Stunning photos! I'm starting to think I need to move to CO now. My job has a branch in Denver...
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:30 pm

26nikita wrote:
Stunning photos! I'm starting to think I need to move to CO now. My job has a branch in Denver...
I think you should!
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PostSubject: Re: Hiking with Dogs: Whale Peak, CO   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:41 pm

I will have to start watching job postings on our intranet at work. I don't know if I can afford Denver, but I would sure love the scenary and weather versus Illinois. This place is boring!
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