Monday, March 15, 2010

Penitente Canyon Hike

After visiting the La Garita Natural Arch we decided to hike into the Penitente Canyon.

This was an easy 2 mile hike, although the trail was either very muddy or snowpacked and icy. At almost the 1 mile point we were rewarded with wonderful views of the San Luis Valley and its snowcapped peaks. The rocks here reminded us of Lumpy Ridge.

The canyon was used as a place of worship for the Brothers Penitente and you can the painted image of the Virgin Mary on one of the rock walls. This is a very popular area for bouldering and climbing.

Here are some pictures from the hike.

Here's hiking track/map.

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