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Bear Creek Trail, Friday September 19, 2003

Bear Creek Trail is an awesome trail with steep climbs, narrow spots with tricky footing and steep drop-offs and gorgeous scenery. We had last hiked this trail in 1997 when we took Major along. The trail was every bit as excellent as we had remembered it. This time, however, the weather remained sunny and warm. We were surprised by a thunderstorm at the top the last time we hiked it, and had to seek refuge in the old miner's cabin at Yellow Jacket mine. This year we played with the marmots hiding in the old machinery up there.

We celebrated a great hike with a liter of margaritas at the Buen Tiempo restaurant in town that night. After all the exercise and with the effects of the altitude, the liter left us glad we didn't have far to walk home that night!


Bear Creek trail is rather exposed and can be treacherous in places--no place for kids

The scenery is incredible!

Looking down on the old miner's cabin at Yellow Jacket mine

A marmot checks us out from the safety of some old mining equipment at Yellow Jacket

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