Thanks for the vote and comment. I had seen these mountains on the east side of Buena Vista for years and always wondered about them. Since I do not live near the mountains, whenever I come to Colorado, I end up spending my time on the high peaks. On my most recent short trip, I decidied to climb Midland Hill on the same day that I arrived in Colorado (Got up 3:30 a.m. in Wisconsin, drove to Chicago, took the flight to Denver, drove to Buena Vista and climbed Midland Hill even before I checked in my motel in Buena Vista). The Juniper Forest, the interesting boulders and rock formations proved to be quite scenic. I suppose the view of the 14ers to the west will be great during the morning hours (and not afternoon like I did).
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe