I like getting up on the tundra this time of year. Normally there would be more snow and wildflowers. Niwot mountain is a relatively quick (less than 1 hour) hike up from near Lefthand Reservoir. Niwot is named after a native Indian chief of the Arapaho. His nickname was Left Hand, probably for obvious reasons.
Mount Audubon, in the photo above, is a thirteener, meaning it’s summit is over 13,000 feet in elevation. I know I’ve attempted the summit a couple of times, decades ago. I don’t remember ever making all of the way up. It’s a long hike with a 3,000 foot elevation gain. I’d like to attempt it again this year and cement a yay or nay into my memory. I think if I could stop injuring myself, I’d be in good enough shape to accomplish it.
I have mixed feelings when I discover shrines or memorials in conspicuous places along trails or on top of mountains. They’re interesting to look at, but they are selfish when placed at such a public point. There are so many corners of the forests or on the sides of mountains that would be more appropriate. But claiming a major mountain top as your own is simply self-centered.