For today's pic, it's back to the mountains...specifically, a beautiful but rarely-visited valley in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Storm Gulch doesn't see many hikers because it has a relatively long approach and its upper reaches are trail-less. The mountain at its head, Jasper Peak, has plenty of shorter routes to its summit from other trailheads. But when I read the description of the Storm Gulch route in Gerry Roach's Indian Peaks guidebook, I knew I had to try it. Every other route in the book is described in matter-of-fact, unadorned prose. But for Storm Gulch, Roach waxes lyrical over its beauty and starts talking about unicorns and trolls.
|Rorschach-shaped holes in a Storm Gulch snowfield...I could totally imagine trolls living down there!|