Feb 17, 2012 “Big Thompson River”


Day 17

Big Thompson River

Painting A Day Project

Day 17

“Big Thompson River”

The headwaters of the Big Thompson River begin in Forest Canyon within Rocky Mountain National Park. The river flows east through Moraine Park to the town of Estes Park. There it is held in Lake Estes by the Olympus Dam before being released into the Big Thompson Canyon. The North Fork Big Thompson River also begins in Rocky Mountain National Park, on the northern slopes of the Mummy Range. This tributary flows east, through the town of Glen Haven where it merges with the Big Thompson River in the town of Drake in the Big Thompson Canyon.

From Lake Estes, the River descends 1/2 mile in elevation through the mountains in the spectacular 25 mi Big Thompson Canyon, emerging from the foothills west of Loveland. It flows eastward, south of Loveland across the plains into Weld County and joins the South Platte approximately 5 mi south of Greeley. It receives the Little Thompson River approximately 4 mi upstream from its mouth.  (taken from Wikipedia)

There are several day hikes with beautiful scenery along the way, while traveling along the Big Thompson River.  Some of those include the hike to The Pool, Fern Falls, Fern Lake, and Cub Lake.  The hub and I have hiked to all of the above with the exception of Fern Lake….we had a mile left to go when I sprained my ankle badly.  So, we had to leave that hike for another time.  The Pool offered an awesome spot to stop and rest on the large boulders and maybe eat some lunch.  Cub Lake was the same way, large boulders along the shore offered a spot to rest in the sun, eat a snack, and watch the ducks….all while keeping an eye on our backpacks because the golden mantled ground squirrels and the chipmunks were all over them, looking for treats.  A beautiful area to enjoy and feel at peace.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. “ –John Muir


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