A couple of years ago I went hiking the high places of Summit County, Colorado. Tramping and hiking the old-fashioned way – with USGS topo map and compass. On one of the days we headed out for Eccles Pass at the summit of the Meadow Creek trail, about 13,500 feet. Once we got above 11,000 feet the trail and the markers were mostly covered in an early October snow. Easy to lose your way.
It was at that point we ran into some other folks. While we were headed to the Pass, they were looking for Lilly Pad Lake. We had been there the day before and knew that it was about 2,500 feet lower in elevation and about 4 miles or so East. They were hiking the new-fangled way with a hand-held GPS device. And they showed us the dots on the screen and assured us the lake was nearby. Continue reading