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photoblog image Hayden Spire

Hayden Spire

        12,480 feet (3,804m)

 

The Big Thompson River flows swiftly down Forest Canyon below, as it has for thousands of years.  Several times during the past two million years, frigid climates caused glaciers to form and move down the canyon.  Flowing ever so slowly, these deep "rivers of ice" carved out Forest Canyon along an ancient fault line.  One of them was Rocky Mountain National Park's largest glacier, extending thirteen miles and exceeding depths of two thousand feet.

 

Forest Canyon is one of the parks wildest areas, trails neither lead into it nor rise from its floor to the glacial basins and peaks above.  Mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, beaver, squirrels and rabbits enhabit the canyon.  Golden eagles soar above.

 

Smaller glaciers formed in side valleys.  Hayden Gorge bears the characteristic  U-shape of a glacial valley (cirque).  The gentle terrain atop Terra Tomah Mountain and the areas above the glacial cirques escaped the glacier's grinding action.

 

To the left of Hayden Spire is Sprague Mountain (12,713 ft), then Stones Peak (12,922 ft).  To the right is Hayden Gorge, and the dome of Terra Tomah Mountain (12,718 ft).

 

Information from the National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior, and National Geographic's "Rocky Mountain National Park Road Guide"

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 74 (2).jpg

 

Hayden Spire

        12,480 feet (3,804m)

 

The Big Thompson River flows swiftly down Forest Canyon below, as it has for thousands of years.  Several times during the past two million years, frigid climates caused glaciers to form and move down the canyon.  Flowing ever so slowly, these deep "rivers of ice" carved out Forest Canyon along an ancient fault line.  One of them was Rocky Mountain National Park's largest glacier, extending thirteen miles and exceeding depths of two thousand feet.

 

Forest Canyon is one of the parks wildest areas, trails neither lead into it nor rise from its floor to the glacial basins and peaks above.  Mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, beaver, squirrels and rabbits enhabit the canyon.  Golden eagles soar above.

 

Smaller glaciers formed in side valleys.  Hayden Gorge bears the characteristic  U-shape of a glacial valley (cirque).  The gentle terrain atop Terra Tomah Mountain and the areas above the glacial cirques escaped the glacier's grinding action.

 

To the left of Hayden Spire is Sprague Mountain (12,713 ft), then Stones Peak (12,922 ft).  To the right is Hayden Gorge, and the dome of Terra Tomah Mountain (12,718 ft).

 

Information from the National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior, and National Geographic's "Rocky Mountain National Park Road Guide"

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 74 (2).jpg

 

comments (5)

Very nice tones...smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Larry!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2018, 02:22
Wonderful use of B&W. I definitely prefer it to the color version.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Beth! I don't do B&W very often - but I processed several of these photos from the Rocky's this way and I'm rather pleased with the results!
I think the b/w works well, Ell' ( see what I did there ? ) What a view this was.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Frank - though I think you prefer the color version... (I did see what you did... smile ) Incredible place!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2018, 02:30
These are iconic and just breathtaking. I like the info, too. While I like the B/W, I think the color is very eye catching. Nice we don't have to choose and can have BOTH!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't, they though! You're welcome!
Frank, I think, prefers the color version as well... I'm glad I can present both!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 17 Jul 2018, 02:31
it's amazing a beautiful to view

i'd hate to have to walk across it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Sherri! It is incredible to be there!
Everything here is MASSIVE - so we're lucky to live in these times... smile

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