Grand Mesa & the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO – May 24

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We needed to be back in NC by June 1st, so we had to leave on the morning of May 24. We still wanted to do something more with my Mom, we all went up to the Grand Mesa National Forest to do a short hike.

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It was actively snowing as we started going up the incline to Grand Mesa.
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We planned to  meet at the Visitor Center.  The trail we planned on hiking was completely snowed over. So after talking to the Ranger at the Visitor Center we decided to have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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We went up to the Alexander Lake Lodge. It was quite an interesting place.  We were seated at a nice sunny table. The food was quite wonderful. After an enjoyable time, it was time for us to head out.
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The ranger had suggested a scenic route for us to take from the area. We took CO 65 south to CO 92 east. Once we passed Maher, CO, we were on a very picturesque road. We stopped at a turn out in the Curecanti National Recreation Area for the Crystal Trail.
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It provides an overlook of the Crystal Lake in the the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The sign indicates that it is 2.5 miles, but it didn’t specify if it was one way or round trip. After spending much of the last several days being fairly inactive, I was ready for a hike.
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The weather was pretty iffy. It had been raining/snowing off and on all day. We both just went prepared no matter what the weather might do. The views were amazing. It was well worth doing.
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 Crystal Lake was created by damming the Crystal Creek.
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We had a great time hiking. As it turns out, the distance was about 5 miles.

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By the time we got back, we were tired and ready to spend a little more time in the Fuso enjoying the scenery.

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