This was a great half day excursion.
The drive to the trail head was was about an hour and a half. The turn off of Highway 285 was on the right after the Guanella Pass in Grant. The road to the trail head is the Hall Valley trail on the Outdoor.com web site but I remember it being called the Webster pass road or something to that effect. It was a 7 mile drive up this road and the last 2 miles definitely required 4 wheel drive. Watch out for off road recreational vehicles as many of them came flying wast us on blind curves. But fun to arrive at the trail head with my name.
We began our hike by eating rather than hiking. Helen had a craving for some cherries which Thiago loved eating the pits of.
The hike definitely began with a decent assent below tree line in a fairly densly forested area.
Helen snapped this picture as we got higher.
The numerous stream crossing made this a great hike for dogs. Thiago was very happy to cool his feet and get plenty of drinks.
A good half hour of this trail was above tree line with some amazing views.
And it got nice and windy for us at Gibson Lake.
And here you can see a panoramic view and video from Gibson Lake.