We found the walking much easier. Without all of the slash on the trees, we had a relatively clear path to the top. The fire did not change the steep grade, however, and we still had quite a climb. But, we made it nearly to the top of the hill in record time, despite the fact that Don and I are not exactly fast hikers any more.
About 3/4 of the way up, we noticed most of the aspens had quit sprouting and the only green was one particular plant - I believe a thistle or nettle. I hate to think of the canyon being overtaken by nettle or thistle, but without it, the ground would wash away.
|The kids and aspen trees|
We also found a number of very interesting "sculptures" in the trees. A most fascinating walk!
|The top of the mountain|
|The fire was so hot, it melted this post|
|The nettle or thistle|
|A fire sculpture|