Some Ominous Looking Clouds
Backpacking the Rosalie Trail

Over Labor Day weekend I finally got to go backpacking in Colorado. Jen and I hiked up the Rosalie Trail from the Deer Creek trailhead to spend a night in the wilderness. The goal was to make it to the Threemile Creek Trail junction, but both the weather and our backs gave out before we got that far. Instead, we camped roughly 1.5 miles from the junction.

 
Starting Out
Starting Out
The day started out beautifully- sunny and warm with hardly a cloud in the sky.
Jen Leads the Way
Jen Leads the Way
The Tanglewood Trail Junction
The Tanglewood Trail Junction
 
Around the Curve
Around the Curve
"Are we there yet?"
"Are we there yet?"
After the Tanglewood Trail junction, the trail gets pretty steep for next the mile. At 10,000 feet, with 40 pounds on our backs, we're feeling out of shape (and probably are).
Through the Aspens
Through the Aspens
 
Into the Valley
Into the Valley
About 2-3 miles in, the trail opens up a bit for some nice views.
Entering the Wilderness
Entering the Wilderness
Making Camp
Making Camp
We stop about 4 miles up the trail so that we can make camp before the rain comes.
 
Forging Ahead
Forging Ahead
I leave Jen in the tent with a good book and forge on. At this point, I still think I can make it to the Threemile Creek Trail junction.
Some Ominous Looking Clouds
Some Ominous Looking Clouds
Hope of reaching my goal begins to fade...
Taking Cover
Taking Cover
The rain finally comes and I decide to head back to camp. I estimate I was within a half mile of the junction. Oh well, next time...
 
Snug as a Bug
Snug as a Bug
I find Jen safe (and well rested) in the tent. And you can tell by our air mattresses and camping pillows, we're not exactly minimalists.
The Next Morning
The Next Morning
And the food is...
And the food is...
...still there. Looks like we'll get to eat breakfast.
 
Hiking Back
Hiking Back
Jen on the Trail
Jen on the Trail
Last View of the Valley
Last View of the Valley
 
Back Into the Aspens
Back Into the Aspens