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A Snowshoe Trip Up Callahan Gulch

23 Feb
Mount Logan from the upper clearing

Snowshoe with Steve on January 4, 2009 Whiteside Campground: 39º28’54”N, 105º41’36”W, 8,905 feet Trails junction: 39º28’18”N, 105º43’7”W, 9,790 feet Snowshoe distance: 4.4 miles There’s always another trail to find, by talking to someone, or looking around as you’re driving down the road. I found the trail along Callahan Gulch by looking on a map where […]

Late Fall Colors on the Colorado Trail

26 Jun
summits of the South Park Range

Hike with Art and Sunday T. Dog on October 4, 2009 Rock Creek Trail Head on the Colorado Trail: 39º21’46”N, 105º41’16”W, 9,721 feet Lunch: 39º22’48”N,105º43’42”W, 9,979 feet Hiking distance: 5.9 miles The fall color season was short this year. All the folks came up the hill from Denver, clogging the roads and trails, but the […]

Webster Mountain You’d Never Know It Was There

14 Jun
View west

Hike with Cheryl and Sunday T. Dog on June 28,2009 Trailhead: 39º28’54”N, 105º41’36”W, 8,905 feet Left Trail: 39º28’5”N, 105º42’34”W, 9,702 feet Summit: 39º28’6”N,105º41’54”W, 10,220 feet Hiking distance: 5.0 milesThe summit of Webster Mountain is difficult to pick out, in spite of the fact that it’s close to U.S. 285. In fact, it’s harder to see […]

Lost Park Loop

26 Jan
Pete on Brookside-McCurdy Trail

Hike with Pete on August 18, 2008 Lost Creek Trailhead: 39º17’4”N, 105º30’24”W, 9969 feet Stonework: 39º18’15”N, 105º30’52”W, 10,150 feet Hiking distance: 5.5 miles Pete and I again headed to Lost Park for a two-day campout, as we’d done in June. The days before had been rainy and wet, and much-needed moisture was pumped into Park […]

Fire and Water Along the Platte River Trail

20 Jul
The river flows rapidly around rocks and boulders

Hike with Sunday T. Dog on August 13, 2008 Trailhead: 39º1’32”N, 105º21’17”W, 7,843 feet Highest Point: 39º2’11”N, 105º21’8”W, 8,187 feet Turned Back: 39º3’27”N, 105º21’4”W, 7,711 feet Hiking distance: 6.2 miles How far does one go on a hike? Maybe to the top of the mountain and back, or up one trail and down another. Some […]

Farther Ventures on the Gold Dust Trail

16 Jul
The ditch portion of the Gold Dust Trail

Hike with Karen and Sunday T. Dog on September 4, 2008 Trailhead: 39º21’36”N, 105º57’9”W, 10,332 feet North Tarryall Creek Crossing: 39º23’7”N, 105º57’55”W, 10,649 feet Farthest Point: 39º24’7”N, 105º57’47”W, 11,301 feet Hiking Distance: 7.2 miles Last year Phil, Cheryl, Sunday and I walked the southern section of Gold Dust Trail, from the trailhead near Como to […]

French Creek, Trail of the Fur Trappers

15 Jul
The trail near French Creek in the valley bottom

Hike with Steve and Ian on July 16 Our Trailhead: 39º25’25”N, 105º54’32”W, 10,528 feet Real Trailhead: 39º25’20”N, 105º54’34”W, 10, 498 feet French Pass: 39º26’21”N, 105º57’6”W, 12.020 feet Hiking distance: 6.5 miles According to the web site for Pike and San Isabel National Forests (www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/recreation/trails/spk_french_pass_trail.shtml), French Pass, on the Continental Divide at the head of French […]

Fall Colors in Packer Gulch

24 Jun
Packer Gulch and toward Farnum Peak

Hike with Cheryl and Sunday T. Dog on September 28, 2008 Trailhead: 39º11’5”N, 105º37’37”W, 9,298 feet Top of Hill: 39º10’33”N, 105º36’27”W, 9,964 feet Hiking distance: 3.9 miles   By late September, the height of the aspen fall color in South Park had past, but there were still plenty of leaves on the trees. In late […]

Hiking the High Puma Hills to Farnum Peak

10 May
Farnum Peak in the Puma Hills

Hike with Pete, Lucy, Cheryl, Ginni, the goddess Diana, and Sunday T. Dog on August 2, 2009 Trailhead: 39º10’37”N, 105º35’19”W, 9,849 feet Lunch: 39º9’56”N, 105º34’8”W, 11,339 feet Summit: 39º10’0”N, 105º33’36”W, 11,377 feet Hiking Distance: 4.2 miles   There’s something attractive about climbing the highest peak, whether it be the highest in the world, or the […]

Looking for Snow on Payne Gulch Trail

10 May
Shawnee Peak, stands above the eastern high meadow

Hike with Ian and Maggie T. Dog on the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2009 Trailhead: 39º24’20”N, 105º30’25”W, 8,062 feet Trails Split: 39º23’38”N, 105º30’52”W, 8,496 feet Top: 39º21’45”N, 105º29’52”W, 9,916 feet Hiking Distance: 8.2 miles   I try to get out on the trail on days that have celestial significance, like the Spring Equinox, one of […]

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