The Art of Exploration · a diary of day trips, natural places, and miscellaneous adventures

Square Top Lake

Sunday, September 20th, 2020 in Colorado
Lower Square Top Lake in the foreground and the broad peak of Square Top Mountain in the distance.

The colors are magnificent in Guanella Pass and the hike to Square Top Lake does not disappoint.

The trail winds through alpine shrubs and rolling terrain with lovely wide-open views all around.

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Bitterbrush Trail
Bitterbrush Trail 1
Today I wanted to go on a hike but since I didn’t have a lot of free time, I had to stay close to home. I decided to go to Hall Ranch, a park that lies just a mile outside of Lyons, Colorado.
Geevor Tin Mine
Geevor Tin Mine
At one point the trail disappears onto an exposed stretch of granite. I continue to walk for few minutes across the rock and come to the other side. The giant slab ends at a steep drop-off. The slope below is thick with trees.
Tedeschi Winery
Tedeschi Winery