Since we look out at Storm Mountain every single day, it seemed like a nice hike to do with Shelby and Tom before heading down to Indian Peaks.
The smoke haze from the western wildfires is amazing, so much pollution that you can stare directly at the burnt-orange sun in the morning.
I think this was their first exposure to a wildfire burn area, and it’s a very sobering experience to walk through so much destruction. Mother Nature always wins.
When I hiked to the peak from The Retreat in February, everything was snow-covered and still. Funny that with the crazy wind at the peak it felt like the same exact temperature!
Despite the stark natural beauty, I wouldn’t recommend this hike to anyone other than locals. There are plenty of more scenic views to be had with easier hikes, and it’s not a simple trailhead to get to. But if you want to ditch the crowds and see the power of nature when she’s in a foul mood, this is one way to get a quick dose of reality.

Wrong Way

Wrong Way
It seems like these rocks are all stacked the wrong way…


Feel The Burn

Feel The Burn
It’s a very eerie feeling walking through so much burned-out forest.


Up and Up

Up and Up
More altitude acclimatization for Tom and Shelby.


Hollowed-Out Shell

Hollowed-Out Shell
Hmmmm I believe that this is a celebrity or politician tree. With no guts, it doesn’t matter what the shell looks like.


Moving On Up

Moving On Up
Shelby climbs the last scramble up to the peak of Storm Mountain.


Sitting Ducks

Sitting Ducks - Storm Mountain Hike
Enjoying some very windy time at the peak of Storm Mountain.


Down Down Down

Down Down Down - Storm Mountain Hike
A fun motion shot of Colette coming off the Storm Mountain peak.


Into Nothingness

Into Nothingness
Tom is frame against the white nothingness of the western wildfire haze.


Back Down

Back Down
Sharing a laugh as they come down through the fields of flowers.


Entering Burned Area

Entering Burned Area - Storm Mountain Hike
You were warned.


Storm Mountain Google Earth

Storm Mountain Google Earth
A Google Earth visual of the Storm Mountain hike.