Thursday, September 12, 2013

In the sheer glory of stalwart beauty

"In nobility, in calm dignity, in the sheer glory of stalwart beauty, there is no mountain group to excel the company of snow-capped veterans of all the ages which stands at everlasting parade behind its grim, helmeted captain, Longs Peak.

There is probably no other scenic neighborhood of the first order which combines mountain outlines so bold with a quality of beauty so intimate and refined. Just to live in the valley in the eloquent and ever-changing presence of these carved and tinted peaks is itself satisfaction. But to climb into their embrace, to know them in the intimacy of their bare summits and their flowered, glaciated gorges, is to turn a new unforgettable page in human experience."

-- From the 1920 Rules and Regulations pamphlet for Rocky Mountain National Park.

For more information on hiking to Chasm Lake just below the summit of Longs Peak, which provides outstanding views of the east-facing wall known as the “Diamond”, which rises more than 2,400 feet above the alpine lake, please click here.

For more information on hiking to the famous Keyhole on Longs Peak, please click here.


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