Ptarmigan Mountain, Summit county, Colorado
Posted by sibylle in Colorado, earthship (Friday October 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm)

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I walked part, and ran part, of the Ptarmigan Peak trail four days this week - Monday through Thursday.

Why this passion for the Ptarmigan trail — mainly, because it starts across the street fro my cabin.

The view above is from my house, looking toward Lake Dillon and the Tenmile Range.

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From higher up, you can see Baldy and Guyot on the left, the Mosquito Range , and then the Tenmile Range (including Breckenridge) on the right.

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The trail starts in sagebrush,  but soon heads into a grove of aspens, then into coniferous forest, and ends above treeline.

It’s 6 miles to the summit, but I generally do about half and then turn around and run down. I cheat some, and run downhill more than uphill (but I can rationalize that as being good for skiing).
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Sunset over Lake Dillon

3 comments for Ptarmigan Mountain, Summit county, Colorado »

  1. Wow, Sibylle, what views from your cabin and the Ptarmigan Peak trail–thanks for sharing the beauty through your photos!

    Comment by Gail Storey — October 18, 2010 @ 7:41 am

  2. Thanks for sharing your hike, Sibylle. It is raining here in Wyoming and it looks like I’ll be sitting in the hospital here with my friend for months. Seeing Colorado from a hiker’s perspective brings peace to my heart.

    Comment by Debbie Mihal — October 18, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  3. Looks and sounds like a fun hike … the views from your home are spectacular. I’d love to have those views but I know I wouldn’t be able to live without my creature comforts.

    Comment by Mandy — October 26, 2010 @ 9:16 am

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