Susie led an excellent ride yesterday that covered Lower Powerline Road and Buckhorn Lakes. Lower Powerline Road is a maintenance road that follows a high-tension line at lower elevations (about 6000 feet above sea level) through a desert biome. The two Buckhorn Lakes are at about 9500 feet above sea level and are in an Alpine biome, and the area is owned by the City of Montrose, who have turned the area into a park. This ride was under the auspices of the Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders Association (UVTRA).
I’ve described Lower Powerline Road in previous posts (for example, here, here, and here) and Buckhorn Lakes as well (here, here, here). Yesterday’s ride started at the intersection of Lower Powerline Road and Kinikin Road, to Buckhorn Road, and thence to the lakes. The wildflowers at altitude were simply spectacular.
Here’s a brief video encapsulating the ride. (To keep the video snappy, I picked just five seconds from each clip I took.) A few photos follow.