After rain being part of the Hike for Discovery group hike the prior two weeks it was nice to see some dry conditions as we set off for Evergreen and hiking at Evergreen Mountain and Alderfer/Three Sisters Park part of the Jefferson County Open Space trail system.
We started out by heading up to Evergreen Mountain, as there was a chance of storms rolling in as well on this day. Being only at 8,000 feet we weren’t as worried but in the back of our minds it was something which could be there especially after the soaking hikes earlier in the month. Hike on the trails we quickly ascended to the summit loop which is still in the trees. On Evergreen Mountain it is hard to tell the exact high spot, but we made our own decision as Jeff graced the top of the peak for a look.
Heading down the mountain we crossed the road separating the two sides and hiked around the three sisters area, as well as the brother stopping for a brief snack.
Once back on the trail I looked up and noticed some type of animal maybe 100 meters away, and then saw it move. At first I thought it may have been a dog, but on second look and notifying the other hikers with me I called it out as a red fox. We were hiking towards it on the trail as it bee-lined a different direction. Passing over the final hill, we started to hear thunder once again a three straight week but as we got back to the parking lot is just briefly started to rain, nothing compared to the other weeks. After this hike there are only two weeks left to the big hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.