Ellis Trail, Zirkel Mountains, CO July 3, 2009 - geoffw

Anyway, were was I? Oh yeah. Well, I decided I'd hike up the Encampment River. Looked like a pretty set of meadows and shouldn't be any snow, and I'd never been up it. I'd been up the West Fork (they meet right near the trailhead), so thought I'd see what the Encampment trail was like. I got to the trail head and found it blocked. Something about dangerous trees that might attack you. Or something. Maybe they thought the area needed to be cleared of dead tree. Anyway, I drove a few hundred yards down the road and pulled off to the side. Good enough.

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