On the second day of our weekend trip, we explored the Silver Thread Scenic Byway between Lake City and Creede. We headed out after our wonderful breakfast at the Inn at the Lake. A few miles outside of Lake City, we came to our first stop, The Alferd Packer Massacre Site. In the winter of 1874, Alferd Packer led five under prepared prospectors into the wilderness. Two months later, Packer emerged alone looking suspiciously well-fed. He later confessed to killing one crazed man to self-defense and eating the remains of his five companions in order to survive. He was eventually convicted and imprisoned until 1901.
A short distance further down the road, we arrived at the Lake San Cristobal Overlook with spectacular views of the lake.
Continuing on down the road, we came to the Windy Point Scenic Overlook with beautiful views of the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains.
Continuing on down the Silver Thread highway, our next stop was North Clear Creek Falls, a spectacular 100 foot waterfall.
Some beautiful wildflowers as we hiked around the falls.
We continued on down the road to the Brown Lake/Rio Grande Overlook. Brown Lake is in the foreground with Rio Grande Pyramid (13,821′) in the background. The north side of the Rio Grande Pyramid forms the headwaters of the Rio Grande River.
A little further down the road, a short hike takes you to one of the South Clear Creek Falls, estimated to have a drop of about 60 feet.
A family offered to take a picture of Lisa and I near the falls.
More wildflowers along the trail.
We continued down the road to the second South Clear Creek Falls, estimated to have a drop of about 120 feet. The trail to this falls took us to the top of the falls where we could look down.
From this third waterfall, we finally made our way to Creede, an old mining town. After looking around Creede, we headed back to Lake City. A quick stop along the road to photograph a few more wildflowers.
Another great day of exploration in the San Juan Mountains!