Hiking from Crested Butte to Aspen
labor day 2002

Mt. Crested Butte as seen over the town of Crested Butte.  Char & I in the foreground.


Eating a healthy dinner of enchiladas and beers the night before the hike.



The last day of Butte's Bagels. 
The long time feed shack goes out of business closing its doors on Labor Day just after we ate our breakfast.



(Notice no packs?) We never really knew how many miles it was to the Conundrum Hot Springs, but what we did know, was when it seemed we might have taken a wrong turn, and we needed to backtrack to read the sign, we dropped our packs.


We started our hike at the base of this valley.


Ron hiking the ridge trail.  Me taking a break.


A view of the Maroon Bells you almost never see.



Finally on the summit.


Hiking down the other side toward the hot springs.



Camp I near the hot springs - waiting for the girls to come up from the Aspen side.



Here they come with the dogs from the Aspen side.



Cold in the morning...


...warm in the afternoon.


Hiking from the Aspen side.


Back at the Aspen trailhead... with battle scars.


drying out the next day.