Wednesday morning we were up early to start the drive all the way up to the tundra. We took the very scenic, one-way Old Fall River Road which is only open the beginning of July to late-September/beginning of October . . . .
The road is narrow, has very steep drop-offs, and tight and steep switchbacks making the drive a fun experience . . . and the views! The whole drive was just gorgeous and Leah and I kept saying how glad we were we took this road!
I was trying to capture in a photo the drop-off's . . . this kind of gives an idea what it was like. There were other places though, that were steeper than here!
Part way up the mountain, there was a place called Chasm Falls that we stopped at. It was lovely! There was a short walk down to the falls and then we could enjoy all of this . . . .
After spending some much enjoyed time there, we continued on Old Fall River Road . . . .
We stopped at an overlook here and enjoyed talking with this couple for awhile, and I took a photo of them for them, too.
What a view!
This Marmot let me get so close to it!
This trail goes way up in the mountains, and the beginning of it was so beautiful, I had to run up it a ways just because. :)
A photo from up there. Shortly after this, I met a couple from Missouri and we talked for quite awhile. And then we kept seeing them throughout the day, too, which was fun!
This place was so gorgeous! The colors and contrasts were really striking.
(When I took this photo, I didn't realize that I was in it, too, via the mirror!)
Looking across the other direction.
In the tundra!
One of the signs here said this hike is nicknamed "Huffer's Hill" because you huff and puff going up. :) The air is quite thin way up there! The elevation at the top is 12,005 ft. above sea level.
On our way up!
And what looks like the top here is only part way up, the trail goes further than that.
I am probably starting to sound like a broken record, but the views were just beautiful! Many times when we were up here, the words from this hymn kept filling my heart: "When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur . . . then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!"
(Photo courtesy of a friendly hiker)
The Alpine Visitor Center at the base of "Huffer's Hike"
After we made our thoroughly enjoyed descent all the way down, we stopped in at Upper Beaver Meadows and walked there for a bit . . . .
Then we went again to the Alluvial Fan . . .
This time, we spent a little less time by the rocks and water, and instead ventured more into the trees and hills right next to it . . . .
As night fell, we prepared for our last half-day in the mountains. We had one more hike planned plus one more thing, too . . . all of which will be in the next post!