A small and tall range within the Rocky Mountains, the Never Summer Mountains contain seventeen named peaks that stand over 12,000 feet. The range is located along the northwest border of Rocky Mountain National Park, extending fifteen miles North to South and forming the Continental Divide between the headwaters of the Colorado River and the upper basin of the North Platte River. The continental divide makes a loop in these mountains.
The peaks are enormous weathered masses of granitic rock heavily covered with green and orange lichens and surrounded on all sides by large fields of talus shed from the original peaks. Many alpine lakes are nestled amongst the peaks. Most vegetation is low-growing and stunted. Few trees grow at the higher altitudes and Krummholz abounds.
In 1914, members of the Arapaho tribe were brought to the region in a trip sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club. The tribe members had spent their youth in the area and were asked to offer the Native American names for the various peaks, lakes and other geographic features in the area. They called the range Ni-chebe-chii, which translates to Never No Summer.
The tallest peak is Mount Richthofen at 12,945 ft (3,946 m). The tallest peak in my photo, here, is Howard Mountain at 12,810 ft. I can find nothing of who Howard was...
Information from Wikipedia & National Geographic's "Rocky Mountain National Park Road Guide
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