Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gold King Basin

The temperature has been warm and the snow is melting fast, which makes me anxious to get on the Jeep trails. As much as I enjoy skiing, I love being in my Jeep more. Gold King Basin is accessible off of the road up to Alta Lakes, entrance a short drive from here up highway 145.

Gold King Mine, discovered in 1877 was mined for gold, silver, copper and lead. This is almost 12,000 feet in elevation.

8 comments:

Lois said...

That first picture looks like a postcard. I love the way the trees are reflected in the water!

Memphis MOJO said...

Lois beat me to it. The reflections are terrific!

Tony said...

Awesome! I can't wait to get up in our mountains again this year.

Jacob said...

That is high for a mine, isn't it? Great photos...do you explore the area...finding gold?

Lisa Wilson said...

There are a lot of mines at high elevations around here. We generally stay away because it's dangerous with open mine shafts. Marmots like to live in the wooden debris left behind, though!

~Cheryl said...

Nice! Brings back memories. Dad was an avid rockhound and poked around all the mts in CO.

Hilda said...

Beautiful reflection on that lake! But I'm sad seeing those bare hills. It's nice to see that the vegetation's coming back though.

Sharon said...

Beautiful scenes! Is Alta Lakes where the old ghost town of Alta exists or used to exist? I have pictures from Alta that I took over 20 years ago and there were several buildings up there.