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Lake Isabelle

Friday, July 7th, 2017 in Colorado
Lake Isabelle
A clear view of Mt Audubon (13,223 ft) from Brainard Lake.
Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks as seen from Lake Isabelle.
Brainard Lake with view of Mt Audubon (right), Pawnee Peak (center), and Shoshonie Peak (far left) in the distance.

Area map: view USGS topo map

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Assortment

Mesa Trail to Shanahan Ridge
Mesa Trail 1
Today, it topped sixty-five degrees for the first time in two weeks. After a morning of chores, I snuck away for the afternoon for some much-needed trail time. The late start meant I couldn’t drive far to hike, so I went to my favorite nearby standby: the Mesa Trail.
Kapalua Views
Kapalua Views
This is shaping up to be the oddest trip we’ve had to Hawaii. The rubbery leaves slap against one another in the breeze.
Lake Isabelle
Lake Isabelle
Lake Isabelle