This Saturday we didn’t camp. A decision I came to regret upon remembering all the amazing backcountry possibilities at Lost Creek Wilderness. The wilderness area is so beautiful, but damn you Colorado, do you have to be so outdoorsy?! We were at the trailhead at 8 am and the parking lot was already overflowing. Although the trailhead was overcrowded, the Harmonica Arch Trail we took was not. I was a bit worried about finding the trail, but with following good written instructions it was not hard to find at all.
Descending to the arch was a bit scary. The arch is placed on top of a rock, shaped like an upside down bowl, where if you get too much wind under your wings it would be really easy to fly and fall into the nothingness. Needed: a dry weather and hiking shoes with a good grip. A cold head and ability to not look down. Focus. Focus. Focus. This part was hard.
A side note: There are a couple of things that will make me hate you as a human being. 1) Leaving food outside while camping for the bears to eat. 2) Leaving a trace in the wilderness area. Camping right next to the creek. Letting your dog run without a leash to chase wildlife and find some good ol’ rattlesnakes, when the dog is supposed to be on a leash at all times. Setting your camp up in the middle of the heavily used trail and then getting upset when people walk through it or even too close to it. If you do these things, we can’t be friends. Even though I feel like I could just spend a day sitting next to the stream and read a book, the next time we are going to find an area with less heavy usage. Good for the nature, good for my blood pressure.