On the 4th of July I climbed my 70th Colorado peak with the company of my wife (and photographic partner) and one of our dogs. Looking west from Denver there are a few distinct groupings of mountains, all part of the Front Range. Colorado Mines Peak is one of eight named peaks in what I call the James Peak group. This peak marks my third in this group. A forest service road at Berthoud Pass is closed to public vehicles, but makes an easy trail for hikers. Many long switchbacks keep the road from getting very steep.
It was a good day for nice views on the way up.
Unlike most alpine summits in Colorado, this mountain is home to giant communication and FAA towers that certainly looked out of place.
…but there were better things to look at.
Getting to the summit was fairly quick and easy, so we had some time to climb down to the lakes, which proved to be much more difficult.
After a pleasant time on the back side of the mountain, we began our climb back up, partially circumnavigating back to the road in order to avoid some of the elevation.