I have driven to Aspen from Boulder County many times. How I ever missed the slice of heaven at Willis Gulch during leaf-peeping season blows my mind. It was a secret to me, but it was the parked cars that caught my attention. Another discovery piqued my curiosity and lured me into hiking a little further along the river bank.
A bridge spanned turquoise Lake River — yes, that is its real name, LOL — and contrasted with the golden aspens.
The unusual river tumbled over the rocks with a lyrical rush.
But what was that? A cave? A tunnel? I had to take a closer look.
The river tunneled through the rock!
The other side of the tunnel was even more dramatic.
Definitely worth the trip from Aspen or Leadville.
Between Leadville and the Continental Divide, this aspen oasis was breathtaking and well worth the visit. Roxy enjoyed it too!
There’s a great hike from the trailhead to Hope Pass and Twin Lakes. We’ll have to hike it next time.
After taking a ton of photos, the pressure was off for our day trip to Aspen.
That was a most excellent thing since most of the aspens in Aspen remained green, but I found a few golden elms!
Are you enjoying the change in seasons? Are you getting into the autumn feels — making stews, soups, and apple pies?