- Blue Lake Hike
and Moose Encounter
We hiked to Blue Lake in the Brainerd
Recreational Area in the Indian Peaks Wilderness where we encountered
several groups of Moose, including a large bull moose who forced
us to retreat a bit before continuing on to Blue Lake.
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the way down
This large Bull Moose was staring us
down before we saw him as he was on the "wrong" side
of the trail up in the rocky area and away from the marshy area.
He proceeded to make his way right toward us and kept backing
us down the trail the way we came before he meandered back to
the water. Though he was only being cautious of us, it was still
unnerving and excitement blended with unease as he approached.
After he finally crossed the trail towards the water, we relaxed
and were able to observe him for some time.
After passing the same large bull relaxing
by the lake, we encountered a mother, calf and a younger bull
literally blocking the trail and forcing hikers to bushwack around