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Goose Pasture Tarn

Goose Pasture Tarn

A tarn is a small mountain lake. The Blue River feeds this lake from the left of the valley and exits on the right. The purple looking trees are dead. These are killed by pine beetles. The big peak directly across the lake is Peak 10. Yes, there are so many mountains here they ran out of names. This is part of the Tenmile mountain range. To the left of Peak 10 is the valley with Crystal Lakes. The next valley left…

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View From The Falls

View From The Falls

It is hard to convey “steep drop off” in a picture. The “stream” at the bottom of this picture is the water falls and it goes down about 40 feet. Much more disconcerting in real life than in the picture. Since the trail directly beside the falls was more about climbing than about walking, I decided to go find the main trail. The main trail is close by and is a series of steep dusty switchbacks. Some large sections are…

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Flower Falls

Flower Falls

I noticed this flower beside the falls. Then, I noticed that above the falls, there was alot more falls. See the water all the way at the top. At least another 100 feet of straight up to go. Beautiful, but I have to climb all of this. Time to lay down and take a nap. mcdewey

Continental Falls

Continental Falls

As I was climbing the beside the lower falls, it occurred to me there was a lot more thundering going on that the 20 foot drop would explain. At the top of the falls, I came upon, yup, more falls. Another 40 feet at least! mcdewey

Lower Continental Falls

Lower Continental Falls

To be honest, before I started the hike, I was interested in seeing the falls but I really didn’t know much about them. So, when I upon a thundering 20 foot drop, I was pleased. This is a beautiful scene. This is only a 100 yards or so from the cabin. mcdewey

Mining Cabin

Mining Cabin

Another 1/2 mile and other 350 feet of up (1050 feet total) brings you to the lower part of Continental Falls. Near the bottom is where some hearty miners decided to setup their cabins and mining operation back in the 1880’s. There was gold discovered near the wetland and further up the trail and it was mined for a few years until the mines played out. The remnants of the milling operations are still here. One of the cabins has…

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Wetland

Wetland

On a hike to Continental Falls we pass this wetland. Looks like a lake but it is just an unnamed marshy spot. Hikes in most parts of the world are 1 dimensional. You may go for a 3 mile hike. In Colorado, hikes are 2 dimensional. There is the distance and there is the elevation gain. The “up”. This hike was supposed to be 7 miles round trip with 1700 feet of “up”. 1700 feet doesn’t sound like much but…

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Cold Duck

Cold Duck

This picture was taken on a walk along the Blue River in Breckenridge. Fresh snow had fallen the day before. The overcast day made the water very silvery. At top, is an enlargement of the female duck from the same picture. mcdewey