Trip Reports: Autumn Backpacking In Northern Colorado - September 2017

In mid-to-late September we went on a bunch of short backpacking and camping trips in various central/north mountain ranges of Colorado, including the Sawatch Range, Gore Range, Indian Peaks, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Here are my favorite photos from those hikes.

Colorado, Mount Elbert, Mount Massive Wilderness, North Halfmoon Lakes, Sawatch Range, 14er, photo

Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado, as seen from North Halfmoon Lakes below Mount Massive.

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Colorado, Mount Elbert, Mount Massive Wilderness, North Halfmoon Lakes, Sawatch Range, 14er, photo

Sunset light on Mount Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado at 14,433 ft.

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Colorado, Gore Lake, Gore Range, Eagles Nest Wilderness, photo

Stormy weather rolling in over Gore Lake - September.

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Colorado, Gore Range, mountain goat, Eagles Nest Wilderness, photo

A curious mountain goat says hello.

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Colorado, Gore Range, Holy Cross Wilderness, Mount of the Holy Cross, Sawatch Range, mountain goat, Eagles Nest Wilderness, photo

Mountain goats with Mount of the Holy Cross in the distance beyond.

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Colorado, Deluge Lake, Gore Range, mountain goat, Eagles Nest Wilderness, photo

Mountain goat high in the Eagles Nest Wilderness of the Gore Range.

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Colorado, Indian Peaks, reflection, photo

Cloudy weather in the Indian Peaks.

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Colorado, Indian Peaks, reflection, photo

The sun shines through a gap in the clouds over a rugged peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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Colorado, Indian Peaks, sunset, reflection, photo

Sunset reflection at a remote lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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Colorado, Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, aspens, photo

Longs Peak above golden aspens - September.

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Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, elk, Moraine Park, photo

A bull elk in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park during the autumn rut.

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Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, elk, Moraine Park, photo

A bull elk and his harem in Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park during the autumn rut. We spent two nights camped in the Moraine Campground listening to the elk bugling all night long. Amazing!

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Colorado, Indian Peaks, Lone Eagle Peak, tent, Indian Peaks Wilderness, snow, photo

Camping up in Indian Peaks during a September snowstorm. Though you can't see the falling snowflakes in this long exposure, it was snowing so hard I'd wipe off the tent and by the time I got around it there would be another centimeter of powder on top again!

Colorado, Indian Peaks, Lone Eagle Peak, Indian Peaks Wilderness, photo

Lone Eagle Peak smothered in fresh snow on beautiful blue sky morning after a September snowstorm.

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