The Crested Butte truck camp was our only Colorado July "camping" trip.  The goal was to hike in the vast wildflower fields that the 'Wildflower Capital of Colorado" is known for.  While it wasn't a very good year for the fields, we still saw a lot of wild flowers!

We spent both nights at the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area parking lot.  Nice restrooms close by!  Good dinners in Crested Butte:  Secret Stash Pizza patio (a windy deluge rolled through but we managed to stay dry) and the Sherpa Cafe (temporary covid street "patio").  Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream for dessert.

Sunny for both hikes.  Longer Monday hike of 8+ miles up Rustler's Gulch, a very pretty basin with lots of wildflowers, surrounded by mountains.  Several interesting stream crossings but we again managed to stay dry.  Shorter Tuesday morning hike of 4+ miles along Brush Creek with more wildflowers.

The first of three August truck camps was to the Lake City area.  Again, the main goal of this weekend was wildflowers, and American Basin is known for it's summer flower displays.  We were hoping it wasn't too late in the summer and it wasn't!

We spent the first night at the Cataract Gulch trailhead.  There were signs warning about bear activity but we didn't see any during our nighttime restroom visits!  Second night was at Spring Creek Pass south of Lake City at over 10,000 feet.  Sunday's early dinner on the way up was at Kip's Grill in Creede (soft taco plates).  Monday dinner in Lake City at the Packer Saloon and Cannibal Grill (there is a true story behind that name...).  And, of course, ice cream from the San Juan Soda Company.

On the way up on Sunday afternoon we visited two nice waterfalls just off the highway:  North and South Clear Creek falls.  Monday's American Basin hike had good weather and lots of wildflowers.  Not that long at 5 miles but very steep in places!  Turnaround point was beautiful Sloan Lake right under the 14er Handies Peak (we climbed that in 2009).  Tuesdays hike was on the Continental Divide Trail right from Spring Creek Pass.  Easy but not very picturesque.  Lots of dead trees from beetle kill.

Silverton August 2020

Leadville Buena Vista August 2020

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