Denver to Leadville
I got off from work at night and drove on I-70 West. Got to the town of Leadville and then headed to the South Halfmoon trailhead. I spend the night in my truck, waiting for the first morning light to come.
It was a nice quiet night. I could see shooting stars and their visible path left from them as they enter the atmosphere. A beautiful and amazing scenery during the whole morning. I felt so lucky of being there and having that kind of entertainment from the rear window of my truck.
There was a nice view from up there. The sun illuminating the whole Sawatch Range and western Colorado.
I continued climbing up, on rocky terrain and the on a trail that switch backed from time to time. I reached the first season's snow fields which softened as the sun was rising behind the Front Range Mountains.
Three and a half hours later, after leaving the trailhead I reached the summit ridge, fully covered by soft snow. I kept climbing up towards the summit, until finally made it at 9:30 am.
There was an amazing view from the summit (4,401 m/14,440 ft). I was on Colorado's highest point. Maroon Bells were at sight at the distance as well as the snow covered La Plata Peak (my next goal) to the south.
A thunderstorm was approaching pretty fast, so I rushed myself down towards timberline. I felt a bit safer there, but continued hiking down the trail until I got to the trailhead 2 hours later.