Its fall in mountains and time of the year when the otherwise evergreen deciduous trees become golden making the whole valley Golden Valley or valley of Larch. The change of colour in fall is a phenomenon where trees conserve their energy for harsh winters. The needles fall every fall and comes back in spring.
Again this was supposed to be the hike to Sentinal pass via Larch Valley. The parking lot at Lake Moraine has challenges with limited parking spots and so we had to be patient for more than an hour to find parking for three cars. We started late in the day as it was a working day. We have to return before its dark and so decided to do 3/4th of the hike. May be it was for good. The smoke from the California wild fire made everything hazy. The view of Ten valley was not as splendid as it should be.
The hike starts from Lake Moraine. Its a well marked trail and the slope starts from the start. Lake Moraine itself is high on altitude and so the low air pressure makes breathing challenging from the start of the trail. Within a kilometre of trail there are three bridges that we have to cross. The noise of flowing water is soothing.
As we go up we find that the trail is quiet dry. With many switchbacks we can see lake Moraine.
The slope ends and we reach the relative flat area. This flat area leads us to the base of Sentinal pass and open land where the nature has painted the landscape with splendid and spectacular colours.
Today i think that photos can do all the talking. So finally my apple watch reading