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After some serious bushwhacking in the trees, we finally returned to trail along the Roaring River. The hike has already exceeded 12 hours at this point!
Taken: Aug 22, 2008
As nice as Rowe Tarn was, it was time to depart for Mummy Mountain (RMNP's 8th highest peak). Here we take one last photo back towards Rowe Peak, Rowe Tarn, and Rowe Glacier. This was a special spot for all of us....
As you can see, we still have 5.7 miles of long hiking to get back to the trailhead. This was the hardest 5.7 miles of the day for Hikemaster Scott.
At Rowe Tarn, Hikemaster Billy, Jaime, and Rachael take a break to soak in the view. Hague Peak rises in the backdrop towards the left.
Back on Rowe Peak, another photo of Rowe Glacier, Rowe Tarn, and Hague Peak was in order....we're finally heading back in the direction of the car, but still have many miles (and one more summit: Mummy Mtn) to go!
Careful! Hikemaster Scott takes a photo from ledges below Mummy's summit. Lawn Lake seems forever below in the valley.
Crystal Lake (below) is the deepest lake in RMNP, 125 ft deep, at the foot of Fairchild Mountain.
Early morning light in this southward view towards Twin Sisters, Estes Cone, and the plains beyond to the south.
First light on Desolation Peaks (RMNP's 21st highest summit) to the left, and the Never Summer Range (center). Mount Richthofen is the highest peak in the Never Summers, seen here in the distant center of the image.
First light on Fairchild Mountain, RMNP's 6th highest summit and next door neighbor to Hague Peak, our first summit of this 4 summit Mummy Range tour!
First of four group summit photos for the day. Hague Peak: Jaime, Rachael, Hikemaster Scott, Hikemaster Billy.
From Hague's summit, we are headed down to Rowe Tarn, then up the other side to Rowe Peak, which is the rounded summit seen here, 9th highest point in RMNP.
From the side of Hague Peak, this incredible picture of morning light on Longs Peak and the Front Range is obtained. The ridge in the foreground is a part of Fairchild Mountain.
From the summit of Rowe Peak, Hague Peak looks impressive. The two peaks are separated by this spectacular glacier and tarn.
Gorgeous noontime view south into the heart of RMNP from the boulders along the ridge joining Hague and Mummy.
Gorgeous view into the trees below Mummy Mountain. We have to head that way, about 7-8 long miles, to return to the Lawn Lake Trailhead. Ughhh!
Group photo atop Rowe Peak: Hikemaster Scott, Jaime, Rachael, Hikemaster Billy. Hague Peak, summitted an hour earlier, rises in the back left.
Heading down Hague Peak, Jaime enjoys the fresh air and accomplishment of this early morning.
Heading from Rowe Peak to Rowe Mountain, Hikemaster Scott, Hikemaster Billy, and Rachael stopped for this rare photo into valleys north of the Mummy Range. This is wild country, folks!
Heading up a few hundred feet to Rowe Peak, stunning views back to Rowe Tarn and Hague Peak are available. This part of the day's hike was relatively easy.
Hikemaster Billy, Jaime, and Rachael watch the sunrise from the saddle between Hague Peak and Fairchild Mountain (backdrop).
Hikemaster Billy, Rachael, and Jaime are just moments away from summitting Hague Peak. Hikemaster Scott took this rock-filled photo from the summit itself.
Hikemaster Billy, Rachael, and Jaime enjoy an idyllic lunch at Rowe Tarn. The winds here were quite calm and the warm sunshine left us with comfortable conditions at this spot.
Hikemaster Billy and his sister (in Laramie, WY, visible here far, far to the north). Much closer are Rowe Peak (9th ranked in RMNP) and Rowe Mountain (15th ranked in RMNP). These are the next 2 peaks on our journey.
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