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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by nyker » Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:18 am

hmm, crampon track?!
Have any more clear photo?
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by RckyMntnHgh » Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:55 am

I do not have a better photo unfortunately. They were only about half the size of my boot print and no human prints were around. I was breaking trail. They crossed my path and appeared to leap up a boulder.

I’m hoping they were that cute critter posted above.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by daway8 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:43 pm

Well this thread has certainly cleared everything right up...

Overlooked this closer photo earlier. Before I came along there were no other tracks. Never saw any critters up there. Would be surprised if a dog went that far out that high up on it's own.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by LURE » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:57 pm

now they look canine

super pointed, claw marks

usually don't see claws on any sort of cat, also they aren't as pointed with more rounded pads
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by kingshimmers » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:13 pm

daway8 wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:43 pm
Well this thread has certainly cleared everything right up...

Overlooked this closer photo earlier. Before I came along there were no other tracks. Never saw any critters up there. Would be surprised if a dog went that far out that high up on it's own.
Looks like coyote to me. I've seen multiple coyotes up on 13k ft ridges (most recently in the Mosquito Range), so that fits. I suppose it could be a fox too, but my impression has always been that fox prints aren't quite as well defined and look rounder to me.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by d_baker » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:21 pm

Jon Frohlich wrote:
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Zero also identifies as a chupacabra. Did you see any animal that looked like this?

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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by Cide » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:54 pm

They look like coyote tracks. I had one way above me on Half Moon Pass a little while ago. They go high and solo too.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by daway8 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:12 pm

kingshimmers wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:13 pm
Looks like coyote to me. I've seen multiple coyotes up on 13k ft ridges (most recently in the Mosquito Range), so that fits. I suppose it could be a fox too, but my impression has always been that fox prints aren't quite as well defined and look rounder to me.
Cide wrote:
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They look like coyote tracks. I had one way above me on Half Moon Pass a little while ago. They go high and solo too.
Wow, I wouldn't have thought that coyotes roamed that high, especially on a snow covered ridge like that...
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by mtree » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:44 pm

As I insinuated, they're dogs. There appears to be 2 sets. One heavier than the other. Too big for a fox or coyote. Coyotes also generally don't travel in pairs. And they probably wouldn't be following a human... unless you have a slab of smoked salmon hanging from your pack. But I guess ya never know. Maybe you smell purty to them.

Most likely another hikers dogs. Probably some stoners hanging in the rocks enjoying the view.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by espressoself » Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:17 pm

Wow, I wouldn't have thought that coyotes roamed that high, especially on a snow covered ridge like that...
I can attest to coyotes hanging out at about 12k feet: We hiked Bierstadt in August this year and got an early start (like 3:45AM), and were one of the only parties on the trail. We were had just finished crossing Scott Gomer Creek and were making our way through the willows when we heard the shrillest of screams coming from a couple hundred yards away. My partner and I both froze, and I had instant chills run down my spine. Pitch black, no moon, and surrounded by willows on all sides, we sat silent for a couple of minutes listening, before we realized that it was a pack of something howling. I had never heard coyotes howl before, but that was all I could come up with at the time. I looked it up when we got back, and sure enough, that's what we had heard.
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Re: What tracks are these?

Post by Tornadoman » Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:45 pm

I saw a fox all the way up at around 13,000 feet last winter. I don't think I have ever seen a coyote above treeline in the colder months, but I have seen them above treeline in the summer. Not sure on the type of dog, but those are definitely canine footprints. During our walk through 'town' if you can call Montezuma a town, there were several off leash dogs. I think they are pretty free range there.... don't know if one would randomly go that high but who knows?
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