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High mountain lakes

Long Lake and Lake Isabelle via the Pawnee Pass Trail and the Isabelle Glacier Trail.

Started the day with moose.

Started the day with moose.

At the foot of Long Lake as it drains towards Brainard Lake.

At the foot of Long Lake as it drains towards Brainard Lake.

A pond at the foot of Long Lake.

A pond at the foot of Long Lake.

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Just northwest of Lake Isabelle, looking towards Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni Peaks.

Just northwest of Lake Isabelle, looking towards Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni Peaks.


Moose

Although I have been living on Colorado's front range since the summer of 2011, I haven't come across any moose.  I believe the last moose I saw was in 1969 in some willow flats in Grand Teton National Park.

I made up for it this morning.

A total of 24 moose were re-introduced to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1978 and 1979, and this population seems to be growing across the Park and surrounding areas, with the Park Service estimating a population of somewhere around 1,700 as of 2010.

The moose, Alces alces, is the largest member of the deer family.

The moose, Alces alces, is the largest member of the deer family.