The Other Side of Lookout Mnt

Staying close to home today because it is scheduled to thunderstorm and I didn’t want to drive too far to be rained out. If you’ve never been in a thunderstorm up in the Rockies, outside and unprotected, it is something you want to avoid! Lightning aside, the water and air temperature can drop down to freezing and then the hale, ouch! I’ve done enough bike races where I’d be out in the backcountry above the tree line and been caught out, wet, frozen and mentally shattered (lightning strikes are terrifying). So today I checked out the Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop near Genesee Park. Right next to the buffalo overlook. The link should take you to my tracks for the day.

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Alltrails has the place labeled as difficult, I didn’t think so. I am not sure what the criteria are but the hikes I’ve done in previous weeks which are called moderate are much harder in my opinion.

Anyways, got so nature photos in and close-ups of local wildflowers. The only animals I managed to catch on camera are the bees and butterflies. I did get a few visits from hummingbirds but they refused a photo.

Overall it is a nice well-maintained trail with a couple of rocky sections. It was fairly crowded by the time I was done, the parking lot was full and more cars where arriving.

Here are some bees and butterflies I took some time to photograph.

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