| Shavano--East Slopes
We (a total of 8 of us) didn't start until 7:30 a.m., and it was our first one for the season. Looking back, we should have gotten an earlier start, especially with our slower pace and the weather.
At the beginning of the trail, we hiked through an amazing, old Aspen forest, one of my favorite parts of the trail.
We got lost for about a ˝ hour before the "large rock," near the "in this area, pay close attention to the trail because it can be hard to follow." We ended up backtracking and piled some dead branches in the way, to help prevent others from making the same route mistake.
Awesome views above treeline….
Does anyone know what these mountains, south of the trail, are?
View of Tab.
The clouds began gradually building up. Just like clockwork, at noon, it began grappling on us when we were near the summit. Others in our group yelled at us to crouch down just when we reached the summit. They were experiencing the "buzzing" sensation from the electricity building up in the air from the thunderstorm. Someone in our group saw a girl with her hair standing up like a lion's mane. Needless to say, we booked it down to treeline, frightened with our adrenaline rushing. We didn't have any opportunity to sign the register or snap any pictures from the summit.
Near the summit, looking back down at the trail.
Near the summit, looking west.
We were back down at the TH at 4 p.m., realizing how much we need to build up our knees and quads for our next adventure!
The only wildlife we saw were some free-roaming cows along the dirt road back.
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