The best thing about the Continental Divide? You can hike in either direction!
And at this stretch of the Divide, the other direction meant very different terrain.
Across the road from the thick woods we’d hiked in before stretched hundreds of miles of open hillsides. No fence was going to stop us from exploring what lay beyond!
It seemed we could see all the way to the edge of the earth across these rolling hills!
From here, the RVs in the park looked like a little toys lined up on a bumpy green carpet.
After some uphill trekking, we spotted a fence with a sign that told us we were at the edge of a designated elk calving area. We looked and looked, but didn’t see a single elk. Probably a good thing, as protective as those mothers can get of their young!
When we returned about a week later, the flowers were thriving after some rain…
… and though we still didn’t see any elk, their tracks were now all over the main trail:
And this Black-Crowned Sparrow took flight when we startled it from its perch on the post: