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Crankshaft Grade at Dusk by Justin Mair

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This photo is looking down the hill known as Crankshaft Grade. In the distance you can see Rock Creek meandering through Mosquito Flats. This is the end of the trail, back to civilization after just a few more minutes. You might be wondering why this hill has such a strange name…and that’s because in the 1930’s this trail was a road. Of course that all came to an end when this became part of the John Muir Wilderness.

This photo was taken in late summer and you can still spot some wildflowers in the foreground. In early summer this area is literally covered in color from all the different flowers.


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captured in the wilderness, harvested in fort collins, colorado.

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  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitover 5 years ago

    One of my favorite hikes-you captured the scene nicely.

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago


  • Chris Morrison
    Chris Morrisonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Little Lakes Valley is another favorite of mine, and you captured it’s presence just beautifully in this photo. Well Done!

  • lynncb7
    lynncb7about 5 years ago


  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago


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