(Last Updated On: July 28, 2017)
It had been far too long since I’d seen my friend Ann. With a lagging-in-snow kind of winter and a forest-fire crazed summer, we just hadn’t been able to find the time and motivation to play in the outdoors together. So, when Ann said she was coming to visit in early September, I made sure to put some time aside to spend with my traveling friend. She requested that we hike Mt. Owen, being the classic mountain that it is, and one she sees regularly from the Marble area. Who could turn down a hike like that?
Ann and I, along with her friend Twyla, drove up to the base of Ruby. From there we set out on foot.
Ann and Twyla.
We followed the road for a bit, and then decided to be adventurous and go for a more sporty route next to the Green Lake waterfall.
With the air as still as could be, Green Lake was beautiful that morning.
Wait, is that the sky or the lake peeking through the ground?
We headed up to the saddle between Ruby and Owen and gained Owen’s south ridge from there. Ann.
On the summit of Mt. Owen!
View east toward Marcellina and the Raggeds.
Looking west toward Scarp’s Ridge and Red Lady.
Layers and layers of mountains, including the middle-north Ruby Traverse (Afley, Oh-Be-Joyful, Hancock, Augusta, Richmond, Purple), Treasure and Treasury, and Capitol, Snowmass and Hagerman peeking out in the distance.
Just back from a 2-yr stint in India, Twyla had to sport some extreme yoga.
Mt. Owen is always one of Crested Butte’s best peaks. While it makes a fantastic ski, Owen also makes a fantastic hike! Thanks to Ann and Twyla for joining me on this beautiful day!