Saturday, October 15, 2016
Cerro Summit (9/28/2016)
About fifteen miles east of Montrose is a low pass called Cerro Summit. At just over 8000 feet, the pass is well named, since Cerro is Spanish for "hill". It wouldn't be right to call this a mountain. At any rate, a small gravel road leaves U.S. 50 near the summit and winds through rolling hills and ranch land, eventually connecting to Big Cimarron Road. In addition to pastures, there are many hillsides covered with low-growing Gambel Oak, commonly referred to as Scrub Oak. The oak and other low shrubs take on a red or rusty hue in the fall, contrasting with the gold/yellow/orange of the Aspen trees. As the road gets closer to the mountains, the Aspens become much more dominant, creating large swaths of color.