It was great to connect with friends and colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference in Estes Park, CO.
After the conference, we were fortunate to hike the Chasm Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This high-altitude trail provides breathtaking views and an alpine lake tucked into a glacial cirque below the towering East Face of 14,259-foot Longs Peak.
Along the trail we observed wildlife, amazing geologic features, and even learned a new term called ‘Krummholz’, which means twisted wood in German and describes the stunted, irregular growth patterns of trees in the ecological transition zone between subalpine forests and alpine tundra. We even found a restoration site above 11,000 feet!