My last-minute decision to climb Huron Peak meant that I’d be overnighting at the start of the trailhead in the Winfield Ghost Town area. If you’re going to drive 4+ hours, might as well make it two nights instead of driving back home bone-tired.

Shelby and Tom opted to join me and explore the Clear Creek area while I knocked out Huron.

Once I returned to camp and chowed down some lunch we set out to explore the Winfield Ghost Town and stroll to the Winfield Cemetery. Really not much to see, most of the structures left in the Winfield area are privately owned, but still an interesting piece of history.

It’s very enjoyable to just sit around the campfire and talk while trying to avoid the swirling smoke driven by the crazy mountain winds.

We all learned from the 18 degree temps on Friday night and bundled up a little better in bed on Saturday night. The only thing that got me out of my cozy sleeping bag in 15 degree temps Sunday morning was the amazing artery-clogging bacon egg and cheese skillet breakfast that Tom cooked up, and the promise of another beautiful crisp sunny day in the mountains.

We opted to stop at Twin Lakes on our route home and spend a little time on the Interlaken Trail on the south edge of the lakes – hiking both the Colorado Trail (CT) and the Continential Divide Trail (CDT) in the same day. These kids are beasts!

We won’t have many, if any, more of these weather windows to get out, so it sure is nice to make the most of it when we can.

Solitude In The Snow

Solitude In The Snow outside Winfield Ghost Town
It’s an amazing feeling to be the only two-legged things out here in the dark!


Nosy Tourists

Nosy Tourists at Winfield Ghost Town
Exploring Winfield Ghost Town.


Wintry Walk

Wintry Walk in Winfield Ghost Town
Beautiful snow-packed trail from the ghost town up to Winfield Cemetery


Among the Aspens

Among the Aspens at Winfield Ghost Town
This screams Colorado winter.


Yowza

Yowza - Winfield Ghost Town Temperatures
The morning temps were a bit brisk.


Hello Cardiologist

Hello Cardiologist
This is a cardiologist’s dream


Living Life

Living Life at Winfield Ghost Town
Normally I have oatmeal when I’m out in the wilderness, this is an amazing treat!


The Chef

The Chef
Tom is a talented chef in any environment.


Mmmmm Bacon

Mmmmm Bacon
The photo speaks for itself!


Rundown Crapper

Rundown Crapper
This outhouse at Vicksburg Ghost Town has seen far better days.


A rare photo

A rare photo
It’s rare to catch a photo of these two, but this one makes up for lots of missed opportunities.


Lake Lookers

Lake Lookers
Stopping for a break and looking out over the Twin Lakes.


The Divide

The Divide
Hiking along the Continental Divide Trail


Colorado Trail

Colorado Trail
And now hiking along the Colorado Trail!