After scaling down the side of a hill and paying the $10 fee/waiver of we’re not responsible for injuries, I sat up shop for some long exposure captures from this point of view. It was a long hike and needless to say I was going to take my time and try to get the shot I wanted. This is darn near as close to straight out of the camera as it gets. I used a 10 stop ND filter (Stupid me left my new 6 stop on the stairs at home, WHY ME?).
Anyways, my daughter and I got our feet wet and enjoyed the closeup views. I think the PoV from the top is overall a better capture of this area but it's always fun to try new things
The Crystal Mill, or the Old Mill is an 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado, United States. It is accessible from Marble, Colorado via 4x4.
We did the hike, which is a 9 mile out and back on a rocky road. We were very tired but seeing the Mill in person was definitley worth the trip.
We debated quite a bit whether to hike or rent a ATV/UTV but the financial burden just wasn’t worth it to us. On the positive side, we hiked near a river almost the entire way and had amazing scenery at every turn in the hike.
The trail is rated as moderate by “All Trails” and I would say that is true except for the first part. The first quarter mile was entirely uphill and gettting aclimated to the elevation was a problem for my daughter and I.
This part of the country at this time of the season is really a show stopper. I encourage anyone that loves fall foliage to visit this part of Colorado in late September. The drive in from Aspen to Marble is literally jaw dropping as well. Never would I have imagined landscapes that I witnessed. I almost thought I was in Yosemite in California for awhile. I could have stopped at every curve in the road. IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2hpkWwP Crystal Mill by Mike Day, on Flickr