Monday, January 21, 2013

IHOP

A week ago, it was downright frigid in Colorado. The great thing about Colorado though is that it doesn’t take long for the weather to change. The weather was back to being gorgeous this weekend. On Sunday, I went for a hike on some BLM trails. The trail is called Section 13 on the BLM web site. It is a mountain bike trail, but I hiked it. There were some nice views on the trail, but the trail was more of an exercise trail. It aimlessly wandered all over the place. At one place I bet I walked 200 yards only to find myself 10 yards from where I once was with no elevation change. The weather was great, so it was still enjoyable.
Pikes Peak and the metropolis of Ca├▒on City
Cactus
Mountain side
Monday was a holiday, so I went for another hike. Monday’s hike is a repeat for this blog, but it is a good hike. I returned to Pancake Rocks. Pancake Rocks is located north of Cripple Creek. It is a six mile round trip hike that gets above 11,000 feet. While it was cold at Pancake Rocks, it was quite nice considering that it is January. Like two weeks ago at Twin Lakes, there was a lack of snow in the Pancake Rocks area. Anyway, here are the pictures.
Arrival at Pancake Rocks
Tall Stacks
Short Stacks
Pancakes and Mountains
Filled up after eating pancakes
Me at Pancake Rocks
Sentinel Point
North side of the mountain, there should be more snow in January.


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Twins

The weather was beautiful in Colorado this weekend. The temperatures reached the 50's where I live. So on Sunday, I went to a spot that was a little colder, but it still wasn't bad since the wind was mild. I went to Twin Lakes Reservoir and went for a hike on the Colorado Trail. Twin Lakes Reservoir is about half way between Leadville and Buena Vista. I brought my snowshoes with me, but there wasn’t enough snow to use them. So I left them in the car. The deepest snow depth that I saw was about 2 inches. Walking along the shoreline of the lake was interesting; I could hear the ice cracking. Anyway, here are a few pictures.
Mt. Elbert from the dam at Twin Lakes Reservoir
Outlet for the dam
View through the trees
Twin Lakes and Mt. Elbert
Parry Peak and the way to Independence Pass
Southeast side of the eastern Twin Lake shoreline
Mt. Elbert and the lake