Horsethief Falls Trail photos

Horsethief Falls Trail photos

Photos taken along the way to Horsethief Falls near Cripple Creek, Colorado, August 11, 2003.

Copyright (c) 2003, Sandra J. Loosemore. Photos are provided for personal viewing only; no other use is permitted without prior written consent.

Kaeru takes a rest break. The lower section of the trail is a long hop up the hill in the sun.

The steep section of the trail ends in a meadow filled with potentilla bushes with their yellow flowers.

More wildflowers growing in the meadow. In addition to flowers, this meadow also had one of the biggest anthills I've ever seen!

The trail skirts the edge of the meadow, with the back side of Pike's Peak coming into view through the trees ahead.

Another view of Pike's Peak, across the top of the meadow.

Upstream, the meadow closes into a narrower valley, and the falls come into view ahead.

At the base of the falls.

Kaeru poses on the rocks.

Splashing water on the lower part of the falls.

Closeup of the upper part of the falls. This is a fairly small creek, and the falls are probably more impressive when there is still snowmelt feeding them instead of in the late summer.

Time out for a little snack on the rocks at the base of the falls before heading back down the trail.

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