Stenulson's 2017 & 2018 Photo Gallery
VIEW FROM ABOVE
Photos of the South
Park Region and Mountain Ranges of the Central Colorado Rockies
from a Powered Paraglider Ultralight Aircraft
Last Updated on August 16, 2018
Photos below taken during a flight on the morning of
Saturday August 11th, 2018 flying from a site 5 miles south of
data: 1 hour 48.3 minutes duration; 56.8 miles; maximum elevation
15,126 feet ASL
Above is a view of the "Fairplay Placer" on August 11th 2018
Above is an overview of the historic Snowstorm Placer; Mount
Silverheels is on the skyline
Above is the Hector Placer located just south of Alma, CO on August
Above is a view of the Pennsylvania Mountain Mine on August 11th 2018
Above: approaching upper Loveland and Buckskin Mountains from the
This view captured from 13,440 feet ASL
Above is the view looking west from over Loveland Mtn. towards
Mosquito Gulch & Pass; London Mtn. is at the left, Mosquito Peak
at the center with Mosquito Pass Road crossing te range just to the
left of Mosquito Peak. The Collegiate Range is on the distant skyline.
This is a view of Buckskin Gulch with the Sweethome Rhodochrosite
Mine on the SW face of Mount Bross to the right. Mount Lincoln
& Mount Cameron are to the right of center with Mount Democrat
to the left; Quandry Peak is just in view in the notch between
Mount Democrat and Mount Cameron. These are all 14ers.
Above is a view of Mount Lincoln with Quandry Peak, and the peaks of
the Tenmile and Gore Ranges in the Background. Far to the right on the
skyline are Grays and Torreys Peaks
Above is a view from the East of Mount Lincoln at the foreground
center, with Mount Cameron just behind it and Mount Democrat behind
and just to the right of center. Mount Buckskin & Loveland
Mountain are in the intermediate distance to the left of Mount
Cameron. Mount Bross is to the left of Mount Cameron, out of this
Above is the Wheeler Lakes area in the headwaters of the middle fork
of the Platte River, with Northstar Mountain to the right and Mount
Democrat to the left just out of view.
This is a view north from over Quandry Peak. Pacific Peak,
Crystal Peak, and Peak Ten are in the nearer distance going north
along the Tenmile Range. The Gore Range is in the intermediate
distance, with the Flattop Mountain Range in the greater distance to
the left. The Williams Fork Range is in the distance to the right with
the northern Front Range and the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park
on the horizon in the far distance. Lake Dillon lies in the valley
just right of center with the town of Breckenridge CO in the closer
valley to the right edge of this view.
Above is a view to the north from about 15,000 feet ASL, captured from
well above Quandry Peak, looking north across the upper reaches of
McCullough Gulch and the high lakes there. You can also just see
Pacific Lake high on the east side of Pacific Peak just right of
center in the intermediate distance. (Quandry peak is just below the
lowest lace just left of center in this view; the very small dots
along the ridge line and on the peak are people climbing this 14er.)
The Climax Mine tailings pond in the valley west of the Tenmile Ranges
just visible on the left edge of this photo.
Above is a view of the Upper Mohawk Lakes in the upper end of the
Spruce Creek valley. Crystal Peak is just to the north side of this
valley, with the rest of the Northern Tenmile Range beyond. The Gore
and Flattop Ranges are in the distance left of center on the skyline.
Above is a view looking north past Crystal Peak to lower Crystal Lake,
Peak Ten just beyond. Breckenridge lies beyond in the valley to
the right, with Lake Dillon
in the valley in the center in the intermediate distance.
Above: This is a photo from my August 8,
2018 flight over several mountains near here, including a close fly-over
of 5 of the 14,000+ foot peaks; this is a skyline of Central Colorado's
14'ers. This photo was taken from roughly 15,000 feet ASL.
This view is from a position north of
Quandry Peak in Summit County on the southern end of the Tenmile Range,
looking south. With Quandry in the foreground, all 5 of the Mosquito
Range's 14ers are visible from this vantage point. The Collegiate Range
is on the distant skyline to the right. Just south of Quandry is North
Star; behind that are Mount Bross, Lincoln, Cameron, and Democrat; next
behind the notch between Cameron and Democrat are Buckskin and Loveland.
Sheep and Lamb Mountains are left of Mount Bross, with Ptarmigan,
Sheridan , and Mount Sherman to their right. Mosquito and Treasure Vault
Peaks are to the right of Buckskin Peak to the right; the Buffalo Peaks
are beyond sheep Mountain to the left.
Below: Photos from a July 10th 2018
Flight from south of Fairplay to Kenosha Pass
Above: Looking NE From Over Kenosha Pass,
Hwy. 285 ; Mount Evans is on the horizon just left of center. Pass Lake
is just right of the Hwy.
Above: The view to the south from over
Kenosha Pass. Jefferson lies just inside this north edge of South Park.
Above is the
view to the NW from over Kenosha Pass; Baker Lake lies in the
foreground; Georgia Pass is on the horizon at the center with Mount
Guyott, Mount Baldy, and Boreas Mountain progressively to the west of
Above is a view of the entrance to
Jefferson Lake State Park with Georgia Pass on the skyline.
Photos below are from a flight over
Boreas and Blackpowder Passes on the Continental Divide
on June 28th, 2018
Above is a view of the DSP&P Railroad
Section House at the top of Boreas Pass
Above is the
view to the west from over the N side of Boreas Pass; To the right on
the skyline is Red Top Mountain, with Hoosier Ridge and Silverheels Mtn
to the left.
Thuis is a view west towards Breckenridge
and the Tenmile Range from a viewpoint west of the north side of Boreas
Pass. The headwaters of Pennsylvania Gulch are to the left just over the
bald ridge; the upper reaches of Indiana Gulch are to the right.
This is a view over Blackpowder Pass on
the Continental Divide, looking south towards Mount Silverheels.
This is a view looking west into the bowl
at the head end of Pennsylvania Creek with Red Top Mountain above it.
Below are photos taken during a flight on
June 7th, 2018 taking off from south of Fairplay, flying north to
Jefferson & then over Georgia Pass, to Lake Dillon and Swan Mountain
in Summit County, before returning to South Park via Hoosier Pass. Total
distance of 65.9 miles, flown in 121 minutes flight time.
This is a view form over the east side of
Swan Mountain of Lake Dillon with the Gore Range on the left,and the
Williams Fork Range to the right. The town of Frisco is to the left,
Silverthorne is in the center, and Dillon is to the right. The Blue
River flows north from here to the Colorado River.
This is another view of Lake Dillon From
over the W sode od Swan Mountain looking north, with Frisco along the
left end of the lake, and the Summit Cove area and the Summit County
High School closer to the left.
Above is a view lookin south towards
Breckenridge with Hoosier Pass in the distance, Taken from over the
Breckenridge golf course. The Breckenridge Ski Area is seen on the east
facing slopes of the Tenmile Range.
Above is another viw of The Breckenridge
town & ski area.
Above is a view of the Alma Placer on June 6th 2018
This is a view of part of the Windy Ridge
Bristlecone Pine National Scenic Area, located NW of Alma CO. In the
center foreground, some sort of 'geoglyph' is visible. At this time, I'm
unaware as to it's origin.
Below: This is me taking off from
the Lost Stirrup Ranch on the SW corner of South Park on July 14th, 2017
in my PPG Quad
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Below are photos taken on October 19th, 2017 during
a flight along the Mosquito Range on the NW edge of South Park ,and on
over Hoosier Pass into Southern Summit County. [Flight duration of 78
minutes covering 45.1 miles; maximum altitude of 12, 652 feet ASL.]
Below- The view while over Windy Ridge on the east
side of Mount Bross, approaching Hoosier Pass from the
south.Montgomery Reservoir is below on the left.
Below is the view from just over Hoosier Pass with
Hoosier Ridge beyond.
Below: Looking west towards the Blue Lakes in the
valley between North Star Mountain (on the left) and Mount Quandry on
Below is a view looking west up McCullough Gulch
with part of Mount Quandry on the left and Pacific and Crystal Peaks
of the Tenmile Range on the right.
Below is the view from over the Blue River Town
Hall taken at an altitude of 12,652 feet ASL, looking NNE. Goose
Pasture Tarn is in the valley with the town of Breckenridge beyond.
Below: this photo was taken of the north sides of
the high country while flying back towards Hoosier Pass. From
the right edge are North Star, Democrat, Lincoln, Bross, Pennsylvania,
Sheridan, and Sheep Mountains, with the Buffalo Peaks in the far
distance on the southern end of the Mosquito Range. The northern end
of the Sangre de Christo mountains are but a blur on the distant
horizon. (Cool flying conditions above 12,000 feet at this time of
Below: Mount Lincoln dominates this view of
the Mosquito Range just west of Hoosier pass.
This is a view on September 15th 2017 from a
viewpoint over Warm Springs looking west at the fall Aspen
colors on Round Hill in the foreground. The Buffalo Peaks are to the
left, with the snow-covered peaks of the Collegiate Range on the
skyline in the distance.
Below is another photo taken on September
15th, 2017 from a viewpoint over Fourmile Creek looking NNW across
Foxtail Pines towards Hoosier Pass.
On Sunday September 2nd, 2017 I flew a flight over
the NW section of the Mosquito range; during this flight I flew to a
maximum altitude of 14,279 feet above sea level [ASL] according to my
GPS's recorded track. Mount Lincoln, the highest Peak in the Mosquito
Range, is listed at 14,286 feet. [Flight duration was 94
minutes, covering 52.5 miles.] Here are some of the photos I took
during this flight.
Below is a view of the Pennsylvania Mountain
Mine's gold mining site.
Below is a view of the top of Pennsylvania Mountain
Mount Sherman on the left and then Morning Star Peak next to it
along the top of the Mosquito Range.
The photo below shows London Mountain as viewed
from the South with the old South London Mine at it's foot. Upper
Mosquito Gulch and the Mosquito Pass Stagecoach road are on the other
side of London Mountain; Loveland and Buckskin Mountains are on
the skyline to the right.
Below is the view to the west from directly over
the top of Mosquito pass (13,186 feet ASL) with Leadville
in the upper
Arkansas River valley to the right in the mid distance, and with the
Collegiate range only dimly visible within the forrest fire smoke haze
Below: this is the view from directly over Mosquito
Pass looking to the north towards Mosquito Peak.
Below: This is the view from directly over Treasure
Vault Peak looking SSW towards the Mosquito Pass Road & Pass
area. Cooney Lake is below to the cright, wlihe Oliver Twist
Lake is to the left.
Below is a view form above the head end of
Mosquito Gulch looking to the NE; Buckskin Peak is the sharp ridge in
the foreground with Mount Democrat in the middle distance and Mount
Quandry peeking out on the skyline behind. To the right is Mount
Lincoln & Mount Bross, with Munt Silverheels in the hazy distance
Below is a view to the NNW, taken from above the
head end of Mosquito Gulch; in the center is the Climax Molybdenum
Mine and it's tailing ponds, with Copper Mountain just right of center
in the distance. The layer of wildfire smoke is visible overlaying
Below: After crossing over Buckskin Mountain, I
took this photo of Emma Lake (13,000 ft. ASL) which is situated
on a shelf on the south slope of Mount Democrat . This phot
was taken from about 14,000 feet as I was still climbing.
Below is a view looking down across the top of
Mount Democrat (14,148 feet ASL) Many hikers were climbing this
mountain this day. To the left of Mount Democrat's paek you can see
the Climax mine; to the right is the Wheeler Lakes area of the
headwaters of the middle fork of the South Platte river.
Below is a photo taken from above the saddle
between Mount Democrat and Mount Lincoln looking back to the SW
peak in the middle foreground, and he Mosquito
Range behind. In the hazy distance are the peaks of the Collegiate
Photos below are from a flight on August 27th,
2017; the flight duration was 102 minutes covering 59 miles. This
flight was started from south of Fairplay heading North to
Jefferson, then north to Jefferson Lake. From there, I headed on up
and over Georgia Pass into Georgia Gulch before turning to fly west
into the upper French Gulch area. I flew on towards Breckenridge ,then
turned south and returned over Hoosier Pass back into South Park to
Below: Jefferson Lake as seen from the west
Below: Looking west from a viewpoint
over Georgia Pass towards Mount Guyot
Below: Looking north into Summit County from over
Georgia Pass; Keystone Ski Area's Outback trails are in the center
middle distance with Grays and Torreys Peaks (14ers) on the skyline to
This photo was taken from above the upper section
of French Gulch looking to the South; Mount Guyot is on the left
with Mount Baldy on the right.
This is a view of the town of Breckenridge and the
ski trails of the Breckenridge ski area and the Tenmile Range, as seen
from the east from a position above French Gulch- (Altitude of 12,541
feet displayed on the GPS.)
Below: looking southward at the northern end
of Mount Baldy on the left; Hoosier Ridge and Red Peak are seen
to the left of Hoosier Pass, with Mounts Bross, Lincoln, Democrat,
North Star, and the lower shoulder of Quandry to the right
On August 22nd 2017 I flew a flight from south of
Fairplay to the Southwest, circling the Buffalo Peaks on the Arkansas
River side to te west before returning. Flight duration was 71 minutes
covering 41 miles, with a maximum altitude of 12,522 feet ASL. Smoke
haze from the many wildfires burning across the western U.S. reduces
visibility and resolution on many photos this summer; here are three
from that flight.
This is a view west from above the headwaters of
Rough And Tumbling Creek in the area just north of the Buffalo Peaks.
This is a shelving area with beaver ponds; the trail which circles
from the Rich creek trailhead on the Weston Pass road and folows up
rich creek, then crosses to the headwaters of Rough And Tumbling Creek
can be seen in the lower right corner of this photo. The 14,000+ foot
peaks of the Collegiate Range are along the skyline to the west.
Below is a view of the western side of the Buffalo
Peaks taken from about 12,000 feet ASL (The tops of these peaks is at
about 13,300 feet ASL.) Smoke haze to the south of this area was worse
than it was to the north on this day.
This photo was taken from the Arkansas River Valley
side of the Buffalo Peaks looking to the NW; Clear Creek Reservoir is
in the center with the lower end of Twin Lakes barely visible to the
Below is a view of Boreas Pass on the right
with Mount Baldy above it, taken on August 20th of 2017. The lower
area just left of center in this view is Blackpowder Pass. This photo
was taken from above the upper Tarryall Creek & Selkirk Creek Bowl
looking north. The peaks of the Gore Range in Summit County are seen
on the skyline in the distance. (I circled over Boreas Pass & then
returned on this flight.)
This is a view of Como from above, looking SW
across South Park with the Buffalo Peaks in the skyline; the tops of
the Collegiate and Sagauche ranges are seen faintly in the
distance through the wildfire smoke haze.
On August 14th 2017 I flew a long flight over South
Park, circling Spinney Mountain on the SE edge of this flight path.
Flight duration was 125 minutes covering 67 miles according to the
recorded GPS track record.
Below: A view of Spinney Mountain Reservoir and
Spinney Mountain from the SE
On July 23rd 2017 I flew a flight across the continental divide,
crossing out of South Park into Summit County at the head end of the
Beaver Creek valley, east of Hoosier Pass. This flight covered 41
miles in 76 minutes, with a maximum altitude of 14,629 feet ASL
tracked on the GPS.
Below is the view from over the SW end of Hoosier Ridge looking west.
Montgomery Reservoir, on the headwaters of the South Platte
River, is in the foreground to the left with Mount Lincoln to
the left above it. Northstar Mountain is to the right of Montgomery
Reservoir; it's on the southern end of the Tenmile Range, with Mount
Quandry to the right. to the right in the foreground are the
headwaters of the Blue River which flows north to join the Colorado
River just below Kremmling. The peaks of the Collegiate Range are on
the distant skyline, on the far side of the headwaters of the Arkansas
River. There are 5 peaks over 14,000 feet tall in this area, with many
more in the Collegiate Range.
Below is the view north from over Hoosier Ridge; The Tenmile and Gore
Ranges are to the left, while parts of Colorado's Front Range are to
the right. Lake
Dillon is in the center in the middle distance with Red Mountain's top
just to it's left and Hoosier Peak to it's right. Boreas Pass is to
the right, to the NE of this viewpoint, while Hoosier Pass is to the
SW, back to the left. I caught and circled in a good thermal in this
area which took me up to 14,629 feet ASL before I flew off to the SW
Below: Approaching Black Mountain from the
Southwest on July 15th, 2017; this is the Black Mountain on the SW
border of Park County
Below: The view to the ENE from over Black
Mountain at 12,500+ feet MSL; Pike's Peak is on the skyline to the
right, with Thirtynine Mile Mountain to the left. This is the "Guffy
Caldera" area left behind after a large volcanic eruption in the
Photos Below from a flight on June 2nd, 2017 on the east
side of the Southern Mosquito Range in South Park's northwest
Above: This is the Horseshoe Bowl, located in the Mosquito Range
west of Fairplay.
Above: This is a view of the upper end of the Fourmile Creek
drainage in the Mosquito Range With Mount Sherman on the
Above: This is a view of upper Mosquito Gulch with
Pennsylvania Mountain and The Pennsylvania Mountain Placer
on the left. London Mountain is in the center with the South
London gold mine visible on it's left side. Mosquito Pass
crosses the range headed to Leadville just behind London
Above: This is the view from over Park city looking NW
towards Loveland Mountain (on the left) with Buckskin
Gulch to it's right; Mount Democrat, Cameron, and Bross
are progressively to the right.
Above: This is a view cof Alma and the Alma Placer taken
from the west.
Above: This is a look at the Hector Placer just South
of Alma on the east side of Co. Hwy. 9
On June 21st, 2017 I flew a 64.5 mile cross-country
flight lasting 135.5 minutes. (Used 3 gallons of fuel
from my 5 gallon tank)
The photos below are from part of that flight
which extended into the eastern edge of Chaffee County
and the Arkansas River Valley in the Buena Vista area.
Below is a view from a viewpoint over the west side of
the Trout Creek Pass area, looking west towards the
Colleigate Range. Johnson Village is in the
intermediate distance to the left with Buena Vista and
the Arkansas River visible to the right.
Below: These basaltic intrusive structures
are referred to as "The Castles". They are located
to the south of Highways 285 & 24 just west of
Trout Creek Pass. The Fourmile Recreation Area lies
between this area and the Arkansas River.
Below: This is a view from just north on Trout
Creek Pass over the Salt Works Ranch looking at
North Hall Butte with Antero reservoir in the
intermediate distance, and South Park stretching to
the east Mosquito Range on the horizon.
The photos below are from a 39.1 mile 96
minute flight to the Boreas Pass area on June
20th, 2017. During this flight my GPS recorded
an altitude of 15,130 feet above sea level.
Above: This is the approach to Boreas Pass
from South Park over the upper Tarryall Creek
Above: This is the view from high above
Boreas Pass looking to the NE; Baldy
Mountain is beyond the pass on the right.
All of Colorado's front range is in the
Above: This is a view from high above
Mount Silverheels, With Hoosier Ridge
& Red Mountain in the intermediate
distance. Quandry Mountain and the Tenmile
and Gore Ranges are in the distance.
Above: This photo was taken while at
15,130 feet above sea level. Mount
Silverheels and Hoosier ridge are in the
foreground, 14'ers Bross and Lincoln are
left of Montgomery Reservoir with the
entire Collegiate range in the
background. Quandry Peak, another 14'er
is to the right of Montgomery Reservoir
in the Tenmile Range.
Above: This is a view if the SE side
of Weston Pass- it runs through the
vally below to the left. This photo
was taken from ~13,000 feet ASL on
June 7th 2017
Above: This is a view of South Hall
Butte in the foreground, The
Saltworks Ranch, and North Hall
Butte in the middle distance with
Antero Reservoir to the right and
The Mosquito Range and Continental
Divide in the background to the
Above: This is the view from over
Reinecker Ridge east of highway
285, looking south towards Garro
and Hartsel. Twelvemile Mountain
is on the skyline on the left
while the Sagauche Range is in the
distance on the skyline towards
Above: This is a view of
Tarryall Reservoir and the
mountains of the Lost Creek
Wilderness Area, taken from just
east of Eagle Rock.
Above: This is a view of Eagle
Rock in the foreground with
Observatory Rock in the middle
distance; lower Tarryall Creek
runs on the right side of this
photo. On the distant skyline,
from the left are Mount Baldy,
Mount Guyot, and then Georgia
Pass is the lower saddle in
this section of the
Continental Divide. Glacier
Ridge is to the right of
Above: This is the view from
above Redhill Pass looking
South towards Fairplay with
the Buffalo Peaks on the
skyline in the background.
This is a view from over the
upper Middle Fork of the
South Platte River, over
Placer Valley ,with Windy
Ridge on the left, Hoosier
Pass in the center, and
Hoosier Ridge to the right.
The mountains of the
Williams Fork Range are in
This is a view of the
lakes along Lakeside Drive
in the Valley Of The Sun
area west of Alma and
Fairplay; Fairplay lies
just on the left edge of
this photo in the middle
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up from the pilots seat
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