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  • Day76

    Lost Lake - Cottonwood Pass, Buena Vista

    August 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Noticed sign in town said Cottonwood Pass was closed as we drove to the Chamber of Commerce, which doubles as a visitor centre. The very helpful lady there gave us maps and info and more importantly told us that we could drive up to the top of Cottonwood Pass to the Continental Divide. The road is closed down the other side for resurfacing, hence the closed sign. Also about a good hike near the top to Lost Lake. The drive in was spectacular, through the forest following the river, even saw beaver dams and a lodge. Superb trail through forest, clearings and across streams to the beautiful lake nestled at the foot of the mountains. Air is thin up here at around 11,000' and we were out of breath on even small climbs, so slowly does it. Lots of birds, wildflowers and fungi (that's Stew!!!). Afterwards we drove up to the top, 12,126' and were treated again to fantastic views. Oh, and the weather was perfect, sunshine and a few clouds and temps in the mid 70's F.Read more