As I got out, I still wasn't sure I was in the right place, and the sign for the trail, which wasn't actually visible from the parking lot, did nothing to increase my confidence that I was on the right trail. It said nothing about either the Prince of Wales mine, or Grizzly Gulch.
|The sign is a few feet off the road and says nothing about Grizzly Gulch or the Prince of Wales mine.|
|Early morning view from the lower portion of the trail.|
|I saw this doe looking interested in the early shadows|
|The trees were just plain BEAUTIFUL!|
|And the views were FABULOUS!|
|One of the old abandoned buildings.|
|There was plenty of mining activity in the area.|
|Great views abounded.|
|You can see why Eleanor said to stay high. It would be a steep climb up if you ended up too low.|
|The trail to view Solitude goes to the right of these rocks.|
|Solitude's Honeycomb Canyon. If you look really hard, you can see one of the ski lift buildings|
in the middle of the photo.
|The faint trail to the Solitude overlook is here, going up to the right. To the left is the mine..|
|I couldn't resist doing some experimental photography with the old mining equipment.|
|The rocky place where my camera got banged up. I had to order a new one and it cost me twenty bucks.|
|Luckily, it was just the camera that got hurt, and not me.|
As I approached the bottom, the sun lit up the quakies with a brilliant yellow orange and I had to take some pics. They weren't as good or as detailed as what I would have gotten with my Canon T2i, but they turned out pretty nice. In all the hike took me about four hours, and that was with a lot of stopping for pics etc.