2013 Fall Trip, Day Seven: Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

On day 7, August 10th, we hiked the 8 miles out from the Timberline camp to the Green Mountain Trailhead, stopping to chitchat with some friends and watch”Tony” the elk on the way out.  We also ran across quite a few dusky grouse along the trail.  We spend the evening watching the bull elk bugle on the west side of the park and head home one the light fell.  We were glad we did, as the flooding in eastern Colorado really became in issue over the next few days.

A bull elk sits near Tonahutu meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park.

A bull elk sits near Tonahutu meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park.

A interesting paw shaped rock along the Tonahutu Creek Trail.

A interesting paw shaped rock along the Tonahutu Creek Trail.

Wildflowers grow in a burned area west of Tonahutu Meadows.

Wildflowers grow in a burned area west of Tonahutu Meadows.

A dusky grouse in Rocky Mountain National Park.

A dusky grouse in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Burn scars run up the slope of Mount Patterson.

Burn scars run up the slope of Mount Patterson.

A female mountain bluebird near the Grand Lake Lodge.

A female mountain bluebird near the Grand Lake Lodge.

An elk fawn walks down the hillside.

An elk fawn walks down the hillside.

An elk fawn walks down the hillside.

An elk fawn walks down the hillside.

An elk fawn licks it

An elk fawn licks it’s mother’s ear.

Night falls on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Night falls on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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