Solitude East of the Vallecito

David and I left the Los Pinos trail head with food for ten days, not 100% sure where we were going.  We knew we wanted to try to climb Mt. Oso but besides that we were going to play it by ear.  We ended seeing people on day 1,2,9 and 10; but on days 3-8 we saw no one.  We hiked up the Los Pinos River drainage then up Lake Creek past Emerald Lake, Moon Lake, and Half Moon Lake.  Then over ‘Moon Rock Pass’ to Rock Lake.  Then to Flint Lake and down Flint Creek past the ‘Popes Nose’ to Los Pinos River and back to the trail head.  We saw an elk, moose, and a bear print.

David enjoying the afternoon.

A little to chilly to get out of the sleeping bags to cook breakfast.

Heading up Lake Creek drainage toward Moon Lake.

Camp at Moon Lake.

Great reflections on Moon Lake.

Headed to Mt. Oso. Just before seeing an elk.

David chillin’ on top of Mt. Oso.

Headed down from Mt. Oso.

Moose by Flint Lake at about 11,650′.

Bear print below Flint Lake.

David found a snack along the trail.

David enjoying a fire below the mighty ‘Popes Nose’.

Headed back down the Lose Pinos River drainage.

Thanks for the great trip David!

-BK

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