Juniper Pass - A Lofty Nemesis
|Juniper Pass, Colorado|
"Always do what you are afraid to do." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
At the pinnacle of Squaw Pass Road there's a crossways notch in the landscape known as Juniper. Often overlooked on the way to Echo Lake, the route is garnished with dangerous cliffs, perilous drop-offs and extreme vertigo.
Here, the Mount Evans Wilderness is a wide expanse of pristine terrain, timber and terror. Crowned with snow-capped peaks, the dramatic composition is classic Colorado. It's a solitary confrontation with a lofty nemesis.
A narrow strip of spruce and fir forest clings to the sheer headwall while stately cypresses of juniper decorate the edge of this rugged realm. Scrambling across this exposed ridge in the open air is a harrowing experience.
Trekking through the forbidding gap will challenge your strength, athleticism and acrophobia but during these times of turmoil and chaos, an indispensable courage will be summoned from places unknown.
Fortunately, the seldom climbed crags are secretly hidden in a beautiful, sub-alpine setting. Just below the Continental Divide at 12,00 feet, what better place to face one's fear than straddling this frightening watershed.
|At the pinnacle of Squaw Pass Road|
|Steep cliffs ahead|
|Mount Evans Wilderness|
|A wide expanse of pristine terrain|
|A narrow strip of spruce and fir|
|A rugged realm|
|An exposed ridge|
|A forbidding gap|
|The crags are hidden|
|A frightening watershed|