Continuing with our exploration of the peaks and valleys of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, we headed up to another new area, Dry Lakes and Horn Peak, 13,450 ft.
A large part of the motivation to get outside for the weekend was the fact that it was actually our 5th wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something fun. Since the fifth is traditionally celebrated with wood, we figured a camping and climbing getaway in a quiet place where we could build a big fire (and burn a lot of wood) would be perfect.
Compared to other Sangre backpacks, the hike up Dry Lakes Creek was pretty easy. It’s less than 4 miles to the upper basin where there are four lakes, and if you’re wondering, none of them are actually dry.
We set up a quick camp above the first lake and then began the trail-less climb up to the ridge of Horn Peak. The weather was perfect, dry and warm for a change, and after reaching the summit and reflecting on 14 years of adventuring together, Christy and I headed back down to camp.
It was time to start collecting some wood.