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Jul 12 2017
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 Joined Mar 27 2008
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Emma Lake, CO 
Emma Lake, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2017
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Hiking1.67 Miles 1,234 AEG
Hiking1.67 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   1.09 mph
1,234 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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As Forest Gump’s mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” My day started out with an attempt to do Mount Bross from the east side, but I couldn’t get close with my Ford Edge. Backup was another trip up to either Democrat or Cameron, but the clouds were ominous, even at 8:00 a.m., so I decided on a hop just to the saddle (which I could still see). It still wasn’t raining when I got down from the saddle, so I added the out and back up to Emma Lake.
What a gem this is. It has everything: a nice 600 feet blow, an incredible meadow with a wetland filled with wild flowers, cascading waterfalls, an ending 300 feet class 3 rock scramble to reach the lake level, a beautiful lake, and fantastic views down the valley. I plan to write a description for this one in the next few days, because this trail gets lost among the usual consideration of hiking from this trailhead (which is the climbing of the peaks of Decalibron). Emma Lake is worth the 6.5-mile tortuous drive up from Alma, just by itself.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Lots of stuff, doubled in a few days after recent rains.

dry Lake Emma Dry Dry
Full and still half frozen over. Cascading waterfall from it.
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average hiking speed 1.09 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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