I had my new trekking poles (a Christmas gift from my dad and step-mom), which came in handy with the snow and ice-covered rocks. I've never used microspikes before, but I could imagine they would have made things even easier. I might have to put those on my wishlist next Christmas...
It was an unusually mild day with temperatures above freezing at the trailhead. There was absolutely no wind until we reached the summit, where it was misting and blowing pretty hard.
This is no High Peak, but it is a fun little jaunt.
|Looking down on Fourth Lake from the summit of Rocky Mountain|
|views from the summit|
|new trekking poles|
|heading back down into the woods|