Farther north into Colorado, I did get somewhat better weather and had some storm-free mornings.
I wanted to pick up a cluster of relatively obscure peaks along US 24 south of Minturn, taking advantage of the better off-highway capabilities I now have. This area is near Camp Hale, home of the World War II 10th Mountain Division, and one of the memorial touring huts is up on Resolution Mountain. It’s a long drive on a gravel road up to the hut, and then a short hike to the summit:
Looking across the valley to the east, one can see Mount of The Holy Cross rising above the rest of the northern Sawatch Range, but too late in the season for snow to be remaining in the namesake Cross Couloir. Here is a wide view:
Also just across the valley, the No Name Road climbs partway into these mountains, giving access to a suitably unnamed peak in the 11,000-foot range. But, this was all in the trees and not very photogenic. I also climbed a low peak just off the highway to complete the four peaks in the area I wanted to get.
By this time, the weather was starting to get unsettled, but I decided to take a chance and drive south to Leadville. There’s lots of mining claims up there, accessed via county roads, and it turns out that one can drive a non-sedan up to 12,000 feet on Ball Mountain, so I picked that one up in a 13-minute hike surrounded by showers:
Total hiking stats (August 6th, 2013): 5 peaks, 6.5 miles, 2770 vertical feet