Today Peaceful Valley deserved its name. In the summer the trail passes through two campgrounds that are probably busy. But I only saw one other person on the trail today.
I hadn’t ever hike this trail — and didn’t hike it today. There was far too much snow for that! I snowshoed up this valley to the Buchanan Pass Trail, where the pine forest opened up to give me this peak at one of the Indian Peaks on the Continental Divide.
Today could not have been more beautiful — brilliant sunshine, almost no wind, and a temperature in the 50s, just like the weatherman had been predicting for a week. But earlier in the week we had cloudy, snowy weather, even down in Boulder, elevation about 5,432 feet.
Today I was hiking at about 9,000 feet. I hiked up the left side of the valley and back down along the Middle St. Vrain River on the right side, making a perfect circuit.
Ironically, no animals showed themselves near the trail today. But yesterday, on a bike ride through south and east Boulder, I saw this deer in the front yard of a neighbor not one-fourth of a mile from my apartment.
And I saw five deer on the side of the road on my way up to the Indian Peaks today. Beauty is where you find it.