Storm Pass hasn’t been on my list, since we’ve already hiked to Estes Cone from the Long’s Peak Trailhead and there’s nothing else along the way that was a must-do.
But with the usual Sunny Sunday crowds in the park, we scrapped anything along Glacier Gorge and decided to take the route less traveled.
The Storm Pass Trailhead links up with some popular skiing trails from Sprague Lake, but other than a couple of backcountry skiers early in the hike, we were lucky again to have solitude inside one of the most popular National Parks. Seems that people shy away from the less popular and more strenuous combination, and that works well for us.
We stopped quite a ways short of going all the way up to the pass, found a great clearing to have lunch in, and sat and enjoyed yet another beautiful Colorado winter day.
Don’t tell anyone about just how much sunshine and beautiful weather we get here, there’s too many people moving here already!

Quick Stop

Quick Stop - Storm Pass
Taking a quick look back as we reach a clearing along the Storm Pass Trail.


Lunch With A View

Lunch With A View along the Storm Pass trail
I have no idea how many photos we have with this title, but it’s probably a lot.


Spotlight

Spotlight
A spot of sun pouring through the tree canopy.


Trees and Snow

Trees and Snow
A nice open clear spot along the Storm Pass Trail.


Slopes

Slopes along the Storm Pass trail
I think we logged a little over 1000 feet of elevation on this hike, I expected uphill all the way outbound but didn’t expect these stretches on the return.


Look Out

Look Out
A beautiful view of Otis Peak and Hallett Peak, with a peak of the Tyndall Glacier.