Bill, Trail Walking Ambassador

My wife and I headed out this morning, taking a short drive from our home in Silverthorne, CO headed up past Keystone Resort to the small town of Montezuma. Montezuma has a population of less than 70, but is an incorporated town since the 1860s and at one time had a population of over 1000, mostly gold and silver miners. Montezuma sits at an altitude of 10,200 feet, and has long and snowy winters, perfect for snowshoeing 8 months of the year, and beautiful hiking the rest. For todays trek we decided to head up Deer Creek, one of several drainages that pass into or thru Montezuma. So off we went on a cold overcast day, but the uphill quickly warmed us up and we spent some time “rock jumping” which is a lot of fun when the snow is deep and the landings are soft. We stopped today short of timberline, but will be back again to go ever higher and higher, as the views are spectacular, and the solitude of being on the trails in the quiet of winter is very refreshing. A few shots from our time today follow.

Xplore in snow
From the trailhead parking lot you can head up Deer Creek, Webster Pass, or do the full loop of about 8 miles, including the climb up “Radical Hill” in the middle.
36 years of marriage and we still love doing this stuff together!
I can’t resist any rock that has at least two feet of snow at the landing.
There are still a few original buildings in Montezuma.
As you head back down towards Keystone, the views of the Snake River can be pretty cool!