I would like to blame scheduling reasons on not being back in Leadville as soon as summer started. The knowledge that the snow just hasn’t really receded as much as usual has dampened my motivation. However, the Front Range rains are just as annoying so it was time. Upon arrival, it looks as if there is as much snow up high as there was near the end of ski season. Temps are still in the 50s or 60s mid-day. It is melting but not too fast.
I was motivated for something familiar today where the dogs could roam so we headed over to Mosquito Pass. We made it all the way to the mine on CR 3 with no snow. This is where the aid station is during the Leadville Marathon before you head up the pass. Within 100 yards, the road turned to snow and we really never saw dirt again. The road gets used for snowmobiles over the winter so it tends to be packed down in the center. But if you go off of that too far, you were instantly balls deep in the wet snow. The rest of the time was decent footing but my ankles were definitely worked by the time we were done.
The dogs had a blast roaming their area. There were a 4 pack of female elk making their way on the ridge. The dogs wanted that. But we didn’t indulge. They did get to follow the scent in the opposite direction as we made our way up the pass. We got all the way into the switchbacks and that was about enough for today. The footing was getting worse and the winds were blowing maybe 25 MPH. So at 2.5 miles in, we returned from where we started.
I was sort of glad in this moment to not be racing until fall!
Brought my GoPro because I thought it might make a good visual up there. Nothing exciting. Just me talking, running downhill, and falling on my butt.