$23/night: Pawnee Campground (Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forrest)
I’m not going anywhere for a while. I can walk to this with the kayak.
What else do I need?
Camping so close to the lake and hiking gets you “magic hours”, to use a Disneyworld phrase: extra hours at your destination before the general public arrives.
Last night, as I was drifting off the sleep, I heard a family singing a song to guitar a few campsites away.
Awoken by the wind, I started the morning with a hike towards Mitchell Lake. It was so windy, Brainard Reservoir had white-caps, and spray.
Is this a koala bear, or a tree knot?
The campsite is ideal, and the pit-toilets are clean. It’s 20 degrees cooler than Denver.
I haven’t yet mastered high altitude cooking. This is supposed to be a crumb cake. We’re at ~10,600 feet.
Mostly crumbs, as you can see.
After I go back up the mountain, I have a campfire ready to go, and maybe I’ll make a grilled cheese.
And look at this.
I’m not coming down the mountain again until Saturday. Why would I?