Come along on a hike through a wildflower-filled valley to an old glacier in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
A waterfall cascades across the trail, about one mile from the trailhead. Photo from Deb Stanley.
Fields of wildflowers along the trail in July.
Wildflowers line the trail
More wildflowers line the trail as hikers climb up toward Fourth of July mine
This sign marks the trunoff for Arapaho Glacier. This is also the spot of the historic Fourth of July mine.
At the mine, you'll find just a couple remnants of the old machinery and a couple tailings pilings.
The WhatsThatInColorado blog says the mine was named Fourth of July because it was stakes on Independence Day in 1872.
Miners found gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc here before the mine was abandoned in 1937.
At the turnoff, you've done about half of hike distance to the top (2 miles), but there's another 1,450 feet of elevation to climb.
Just keep climbing!
There's lots to see up here. Across the valley -- that's Diamond Lake.
Across the valley, that's Mount Neva - a 12,000+ foot high peak.
Zooming in on Mount Neva, you can see Lake Dorothy in the cirque below the mountain range.
As for us, we're going to keep climbing toward Arapaho Peak. Don't worry, we don't have to go to the top of the peak, but we do have to go to the top of the ridge to see the glacier.