The week of September 24th, I was able to go to CO and visit with several photography friends while photographing the "rut". On Tuesday, they had to work, so I planned on hiking an area I had briefly visited last winter, about an hour south of Estes Park. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is noted for its hiking trails and for several moose families. I arrived at sunrise at Long Lake to find a parking lot nearly full. The weather was absolutely perfect, clear, cool and no wind.
I gather my backpack and walked over to a group of hikers, asking which trail they were going on and if I could join them explaining that this was my first time hiking the area above Long Lake. The trails here range from about 2 miles to over 10 miles round trip. I join them for a hike up to Blue Lake.
Below are a few of my images from that adventure. I carried my Canon 5D Mark IV and24-105 lens, as well as my 100-400 lens, hoping to see some moose. Unfortunately, we did not see any moose.