The Summit, Finally!
Mount Rosalie

In May 2008 I tried to hike the Tanglewood Trail to the saddle, but eventually had to turn back when the snowpack got too dangerous to hike without crampons. So over a year older and a little wiser, I tried again. This time I reached the saddle and continued on to the summit of Mount Rosalie, making this the most challenging hike I've done to date. This was also my first hike using trekking poles (a gift from my brother), which I had been wanting to try out. Considering I hiked farther and higher than ever before, I have to give the poles some credit.

 
Cresting the Saddle
Cresting the Saddle
The Tanglewood Trail leads up to a saddle between Mount Rosalie and the Pegmatitie Points.
Saddle Marker
Saddle Marker
The Other Side
The Other Side
The Tanglewood Trail continues on to the Roosevelt Lakes.
 
Mount Evans from the Saddle
Mount Evans from the Saddle
Route to Mount Rosalie Summit
Route to Mount Rosalie Summit
Looking Back
Looking Back
"Hmm, is this a good idea?"
 
Royal Mountain
Royal Mountain
Roosevelt Lake
Roosevelt Lake
 
The Pegmatite Points #1
The Pegmatite Points #1
The Pegmatite Points #2
The Pegmatite Points #2
Lunch Stop, 500 Feet To Go
Lunch Stop, 500 Feet To Go
Note to self: bring more food next time!
 
The Summit, Finally!
The Summit, Finally!
Mount Evans
Mount Evans
Mount Bierstadt
Mount Bierstadt
 
Looking Southwest
Looking Southwest
Exhausted and Loopy
Exhausted and Loopy
The Rockpile
The Rockpile
 
Looking towards Kenosha Pass and Fairplay
Looking towards Kenosha Pass and Fairplay
Mount Evans and Bierstadt from Rosalie
Mount Evans and Bierstadt from Rosalie
Heading Down the Way I Came
Heading Down the Way I Came
 
Nearing Treeline
Nearing Treeline
This is the Tanglewood Creek basin that eventually leads back to the trailhead.
Return to Tanglewood Trail
Return to Tanglewood Trail
Cool Sun-bleached Wood
Cool Sun-bleached Wood
 
Homebound
Homebound
I was too tired to even take pictures beyond this point.