I had to take advantage of the recent weather window. I was originally thinking of climbing Columbia Peak, and was excited about the challenge of doing that in a day this late in the season. But, I didn't get an early enough start (started hiking at 9am), and shaded areas on the ridge above Poodle Dog Pass contained icy, hard crusted snow which significantly slowed progress.
I made it to the Twin Lakes overlook at 1pm and elected to sit there for 30 minutes in the warm sunlight and enjoy what will likely be a final goodbye to sunny, (mostly) snow free hiking in the high country for 2020.
Back to the car just after dark at 5:15. Only saw two parties all day. No human footprints above Poodle Dog Pass in the snow from last weekend. Some ungulate though... and canine
Apparently someone couldn't locate the Monte Cristo town site... thought that was funny. (choice word omitted in pic 3 below):
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