Courthouse Mountain

My friend Kristin came to town a couple of weeks ago for a visit (Krisin featured me in a Writer Wednesday post last year and did a guest post here about cross country skiing). I had hoped to drive her over one of our high mountain passes but the snow arrived just three days before she did. Ridgway, however, has a lot to offer so I started her out Friday evening with pizza and a beer at Colorado Boy and later we walked over to Trail Town Still (aka “The Still”) for a drink.

In the morning, we relaxed around the house with coffee looking out at the morning chill (I cannot wait to have my house cozy enough that this isn’t taking place in camp chairs!). Mid-morning, we headed up Owl Creek Pass to hike Courthouse Mountain. Courthouse has been on my list for a long time! It sits right above Ridgway and I look at it everyday. (Yes, it’s going to take me awhile but I do intend to climb all of them that I can see from town.)

Sprocket on Courthouse Trail

I was a little bit concerned with how snowy it might be on the trail but decided to forge ahead with the plan anyway. It was such a lovely day with the snow dusting all of the mountains around us. Sprocket was loving the snowy trail and urged us to keep moving upwards.

Kristin and Sprocket in sunglassesThe views just kept getting better as we looked out over the West Fork basin.

West Fork Cimarron River

Courthouse trail

Sometimes, I think Kristin was less than pleased at what passes for a “trail” in Colorado but she kept with it.

Kristin on Courthouse
And the views were worth every bit of the mud, snow, and elevation gain. I can see myself coming back to this mountain frequently. I don’t think Sprocket will mind:

Summit of Courthouse Mountain

Sneffels range from Courthouse Mountain

Courthouse Summit

Courthouse summit selfie

Sprocket on the summit of Courthouse

Slopes of Courthouse Mountain

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