For most of the past month our weather here has been rather dismal, the beauty of the autumn colors having passed and the bright snow of winter not yet in residence. It is a good time to visit the photo archives and reminisce about past journeys and scenes from along the summer trails. This photo is from the USFS trail 460 to Cube Iron Mountain in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless area. It was not included in a series that I posted about that trip in August of 2010.
I believe that trails like this are treasures of the American West and I fervently hope that they will always be respected and preserved. The land through which they wind is part of our National Forests and therefore they belong to all of the citizens of our country no matter where they reside and all are welcome to use and enjoy them.
One last look around from on top, a brief stop at the lakes and a couple glances back up the trail and my posts about Mount Silcox, the Goat Lakes and Trail 478 are concluded, but the memories of the place will be with me forever.
Although as I hike I often look back down the trail for many different reasons, it still seems that when I finally do start the trip back to the trail head, all of the scenes have changed. The Mt Silcox trip was no different.