Wearing shoes that I had not put many miles in might have not been the best idea (though I was confident, as I never had an issue with my previous Stinsons) and I think my fitness/endurance is not quite where I would like to think it is. I have really slacked off after Pikes Peak and it showed on this run. This is a tough loop and I was pretty worked afterwards.
Typical terrain descending to Coney Flats. The trail was somewhat overgrown in spots.
Coney Flats, looking up toward Sawtooth and Buchanan Pass just to the right.
Decent scenery and I spooked a few moose through this section.
Sawtooth and Buchanan Pass on the right
Looking West in the direction I am heading, dropping 3,000 vertical in 6 miles (most of the drop was in the first half)
An massive avalanche completely decimated the trail for a few hundred yards and required a bit of picking through to get across.
One of many waterfalls along the Cascade Trail. I took probably 200 pictures on the day, but I think I unwittingly had my camera on an odd setting for much of the run and this is the only half decent waterfall shot).
Surprisingly, there were still some decent lingering patches of wildflowers.
Looking down at Pawnee Lake
Looking up at Pawnee Pass. Seems impossible that the trail can go there.
But it does.
Looking back down the West side of Pawnee Pass.
Finally on the pass.
Looking toward Little Pawnee and Audubon
Just 5 miles to go down to those lakes.