This peak had little to offer in the way of scenery, but Dinah and I hoped the short hike up in the thin air wouldn't tax us while we tried to acclimatize to the elevation.
We followed the obvious trail to the summit. Everything seemed fine until a few dozen metres before the summit where we both developed slight headaches, the onset of altitude sickness (after the hike, they became the worst headaches we ever experienced).
There was no summit cairn, just a few windbreaks built of rocks. On other summits we would find the same thing: windbreaks and no cairn. And like other summits in Colorado, we would encounter other hikers. There was little solitude to be found in these mountains, but then we're use to the solitude of the Canadian Rockies.
Mount Audubon rises above Brainard Lake
Hiking up the trail through the trees
A broad but stony trail heads up the mountain
The summit comes into view
The saddle below the summit
Yellow bellied marmot
Easy scramble to the summit
Vestiges of a recent snowfall
The slope becomes a bit steeper near the summit
On the summit by a ubiquitous wind break
On our descent we made our own trail. There is lots of room to maneuver!
Ward 1:24,000 Topo (7.0 mi, 13,232 ft, 2,835 ft)
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