Last year (yes, 2009) on September 26, I headed up into the mountains for a nice Fall colors hike. A week or so earlier, Will and I had done the famous (or, infamous) 40 mile Bear to Grand Lake and back loop. So, I wasn't looking for anything extreme. Done that.
Now Bridal Veil Falls is a very close hike. And it's quite pretty with a fair number of aspens. But, it was almost too short. Except for one little option that I'd never done before. Gone "beyond" the falls. See, the hike is to the falls. And, a fair number of hikers scramble up to the top of the falls for the view, etc. I always do that also. But one time I took a little walk up the stream above the falls and determined that it appeared there was an old "unused" trail that continued up Cow Creek. The key word here is "unused". Which is like putting a big blazing sign up that is invisible to everyone but me that says "Geoff, go this way." Ok. Time to go see where that would lead me.