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After seeing the flowers posted from the San Juans earlier this week, Yvette wanted to see flowers. And along the front range, there's no better place than the 4th of July Trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We left the house at 4:30 this morning and we were on the trail by 7.

Like everything this year, the flowers are a bit late. Don't get me wrong, there were amazing flowers everywhere along the trail, but you could see that within a week to ten days the slopes would be carpeted with them...buds just waiting to open.

Here's a quick pictorial of the hike.













It's a beautiful hike with a lot of waterfalls. This fall across the valley is the outlet of Diamond Lake.



Out of the dozens of pics I've taken of Yvette crossing falls, I still haven't got one where she slips. Sure footed as a mountain goat.







I have to say, she's easy to please when it comes to lodging.



There's still a lot of snow in the trees.







And a bit around the lake..but the trail wasn't too bad..wet and muddy.





I fished the north side of the lake for an hour and a half. I didn't see a fish or have a hit. I would have liked to have tried the south side and fished the shelf where it drops off, but the snow was deep and the outlet was flowing fast...I didn't even attempt it.



The lake wasn't one I would have chosen to fish..if I was serious about the catching. Rather, it was a great hike, with beautiful flowers and waterfalls leading to a gorgeous place..I gotta say. We both loved it.
 

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I am telling her u called her a goat!...lol...great work u two!
 

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wow nice spin out of it!...first rule of forum banter...never go first...lol...great pics!
 

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Nice!! I wanna get the wife out to a place with great flowers. Guess It's getting close to prime time and I better take her soon She isnt a mountain goat though, so no top o' the mountain trips for us ;) LOL
 

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I used to go explore around Indian Peaks a lot in the 90's, when I was in me teens and early 20's. Its a great area on weekdays. To crowded on most weekends, the parking lots can fill up quick.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies. If you want to see flowers and waterfalls, I'd highly recommend the hike.

I like how it started as a hike to show the wife flowers and ended in a fishing trip. Good man.
Haha..yeah, she's used to it. Just type Yvette in the search function to see what she puts up with...That's why she's the GOAT.


I used to go explore around Indian Peaks a lot in the 90's, when I was in me teens and early 20's. Its a great area on weekdays. To crowded on most weekends, the parking lots can fill up quick.
Yeah, we've hiked to every lake in the Indian Peaks and the James Peak Wilderness areas and it can get crowded. Yesterday, only us at the lake until 11 and then we saw a few other people. They offer a shuttle to the Hessie trail head on weekends now to help with parking. Everyone's friendly and after the first couple of miles the crowds thin out...it is a big wilderness area.
 

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Great, epic pics! My wife wanted to see flowers, so I took her to a funeral which almost ended up being my funeral! ;)
 

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Got the photos this time.??? Nice looking trip.

Nice photos and great catch on the GOAT!
 
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