Pettingell Peak

I’m posting this a month late, but wanted to make note of this day trip with my friends Pete and Aaron, and Aaron’s friend Jess who joined us for her first mountain hike. Smoke from California had followed me all the way to the Rockies, but didn’t spoil our enjoyment of this peak I’ve admired several times from the Continental Divide Trail.

Trail antics

At Herman lake

Rocky Mountain Parnassus butterfly

Friends on the divide

Smoke to the north

Pete, Aaron, and Jess on Pettingell peak

Descending the north ridge

Giant Ladybug (Anatis lecontei)

Looking back

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