Monday, July 17, 2017

St. Charles

Here are a few photos from a hike up St. Charles Peak (11,784 ft.) on July 8th. This was the third time I have climbed this particular peak.
The top of St. Charles Peak
Small Wildflowers
Wildflowers and the hazy Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Looking north at the Wet Mountains.  Pikes Peak is barely visible in the smokey haze.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lakeside Park

On July 1st, I went for a hike in the Tarryall Mountains located in the Lost Creek Wilderness. I did a lollipop loop that I estimate was about 14 or 15 miles. I started at Twin Eagles Trailhead off of County Road 77. I used the following trails to make the loop: Brookside Trail, McCurdy Park Trail, Lake Park Trail, and Hankins Pass Trail. Brookside Trail is the only trail I had to do in both directions. It was good hike with lots of amazing rocks. I got up to an elevation of around 11,500 feet. Here are the pictures.
Looking back at the valley where I started.  Lizard Rock on the left.
Cliffs on the hike up
The high point of my hike. Looking south towards Pikes Peak
McCurdy Peak on the right
Looking north towards Mt. Evans
Me on top.  It is not cold, it is just cool when the wind gusts hit the sweat on my back.
Lake Park. (There is no lake.)
Looking toward McCurdy Peak and route I took in the morning.

Monday, June 26, 2017

June Comes Around Every Year

On June 10th, I did a hike at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. I've done the hike several times before. Here are a couple of photos form this hike.
Blooming Cactus
Looking north at Pikes Peak
On June 24th, I did a hike at Catamount Ranch Open Space. This was a new hike for me. It was an easy hike that stayed in the upper 9,000 foot elevation range. Catamount Ranch Open Space is near Woodland Park east of Colorado Springs and north of Pikes Peak.
Trail in Catamount Ranch Open Space
Looking south towards Pikes Peak

Monday, May 29, 2017

And Then Like Lions

I did a hike that I haven’t done before on May the 21st. I hiked the Lion Canyon Trail off of Oak Creek Grade. It was a trail that I have avoided due to motorcycles being allowed on it. It turned out to be a nice hike despite the motorcycle trail status. The trail starts in the middle of Oak Creek Campground. The trailhead was overrun by a huge group camped at the trailhead. Fortunately, none of them were hiking. I had the trail to myself until the last half mile of my hike on the way back. I saw a hiker and a motorcyclist in that last half mile. From the trailhead, the trail is a steady 2.5 mile climb through a small canyon. The trail ends at a large meadow at the top with an elevation over 9,000 feet. There are jeep roads at the meadow. Too my surprise, the meadow has not been trashed. It has some wonderful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here are the pictures.
The Trail - Getting close the top.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Jeep road through the meadow
Aspen trees on the meadow edge
Sangre de Cristo Mountains
The meadow and the mountains

Thursday, April 06, 2017

XII

I was beginning to wonder if I was going come across anybody celebrating Cara's Birthday today. But then on my walk after work, I spotted the skywriting in the sky.
I wonder if these girls had anything to do with the skywriting

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Temples Of Syrinx

On March 19th, I went for a short hike with a friend to The Temple. The weather was great which was good because we had to ford Grape Creek. The rocks at the crossing had been washed away. Fortunately and surprisingly, the water was not cold. Here are a couple of photos from the hike.
Grape Creek in Temple Canyon
Ken and Me at the Temple

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Great Escape

For the past two Sundays, I explored the newly opened South Cañon Trails. As the name suggests, the trails are just south of Cañon City. Last Sunday, I did a hike in the upper section. I started my hike on a trail called Redemption at the Section 13 Trailhead on Temple Canyon Road. The trail was nice. Redemption led to a trail called Hard Time. I hiked the upper portion of Hard Time. It took me to another trailhead on Temple Canyon Road. I then walked up the road for about 10 minutes to get to another Trail. This one was called The Great Escape. It looped me back down to Hard Time and Redemption. The trail names are a bit goofy. It is a mountain bike thing I guess. Here are some pictures of one of the great views on The Great Escape Trail.
View to the Northwest from The Great Escape
View from The Great Escape.  Temple Canyon and Grape Creek below
Today, I started my hike at the Ecology Park which used to be an old dump. I worked my way across the county park and then onto BLM lands where the Hard Time Trail starts. The first part of Hard Time was a steady climb with some great views looking back on town.
Hard Time Trail.  Looking back on the City
Further up Hard Time.  Pikes Peak is visible.
Looking back at the Ecology Park that I crossed.
The trail had some technical stuff for the mountain bikers, but it is no big deal for those leaving just footprints. The trail contoured it way back to the area I was the previous weekend. I ended up hiking up The Great Escape Trail to the some of the great view points. After that, I retraced my hike back to my car. It was a good four hour hike today.
Temple Canyon, YMCA Mountain, & Pikes Peak from the Great Escape Trail
Looking back at the City on the Great Escape Trail