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September 24th 2009
Published: October 13th 2009
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Big Thompson River ValleyBig Thompson River ValleyBig Thompson River Valley

This river runs through the Moraine Park Area.
This morning it was sunny and snowflakes were falling, but the sun was soon hidden by clouds. The road that travels around the higher locations of the park (Trail Ridge Road) from east to west, was still partially closed today. So we decided to do some hikes in the area. First stop was Sprague Lake which used to be a resort in the early 1900’s. It was a level half-mile walk around the lake. Snow was coming down steadily by then.(9:30). Next we went to the park and ride to take the shuttle bus to the Alberta Falls hike. Yesterday when we went to the Bear Lake parking area, a ranger told us no vehicles over 19 ft were allowed to park there. So we decided to comply with rules and leave CT and the dogs safely behind. The parking lot was about empty. And we got right on the bus. The hike to Alberta Falls was enjoyable. It was about 2,3 miles round trip and it wasn’t steep at all. There were lots of aspen on the trail. After lunch we decided to take Trail Ridge Road as far as it was open. This road is comparable to our Blue
Sprague Lake'Sprague Lake'Sprague Lake'

Used to be a resort in the early 1900's. It was cloudy and cold.
Ridge Parkway, There are lots of scenic overlooks. We were surprised how much traffic was on the road. By the time we got to the area where the road was closed the snow and sleet were falling heavily and you couldn’t see much of the view. We came back done the road and drove to an area similar to Moraine Park (where we are staying). called Horseshoe Park. It’s another huge meadow where the elk congregate. We did get some good views of several bull elk . After dinner we drove around the area near our campground and got to take photos of a huge bull elk. The weather turned sunny and warmer this evening. They are calling for high’s in the 70’s this weekend.

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Glacier Canyon WallGlacier Canyon Wall
Glacier Canyon Wall

Glacier River canyon was on the way to Alberta Falls. Couldn't really see the river.
Alberta FallsAlberta Falls
Alberta Falls

A popular short hiking destination in RMNP

A golden archway on the trail.

A collection of females waiting for their male

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