Sunday, January 06, 2008

Another mountain rodent. This guy was one of the residents on the summit of Chief Mountain. Chief Mountain is an 11,709 ft. peak in the foothills of the Colorado Front Range. It is an easy class 2 hike from the Squaw Pass Road to the summit. The views from the summit are fantastic for such a 'low' peak. July 2006.


Blogger Gledwood said...

is that what they call a "ground squirrel"?

8:34 AM  
Blogger molson said...

Yeah. That's what I'd call it. There were quite a few of the rascals on Chief Mountain. They are not a bit afraid of hikers and will sneak up on you to check you out and maybe see if you have any goodies to thieve. I'll post a photo of a pika next. Pikas are very hard to photograph. They never sit still for long. Kind of like super-size (compared to your robos) mountain gremlins pinging all over the place with their checks all full of grasses and seeds and anything else they eat. They're also very noisy, emmiting loud distintive squeaks. I find pikas to be very entertaining indeed.

1:12 PM  

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