Hiking Mueller State Park – 2013

Lisa and I planned to host some friends at home this weekend from Kansas. But, they cancelled late Friday, so today we decided to go for a hike, for fun but also check out a trail which may be good for snowshoeing.

Views at Mueller State Park

Views at Mueller State Park

 

 

 

 

 

We headed out to Mueller State Park south of Divide, Colorado and decided to hike the Black Bear Trail (13 on the map) and hike out to the  Osborn Homestead Trail (27) complete the loop and then back to the parking lot. A total of about 3.2 miles.

Sign at Osborn Homestead site

Sign at Osborn Homestead site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we are in front of the remains of the nearly 100 year-old cabin.

Here we are in front of the remains of the nearly 100 year-old cabin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall it seemed suitable for snowshoeing, though the section heading east from the homestead seemed like it could be a little steep for snowshoeing, though no problem for hiking.

Osborn Homestead Trail, just west of the homestead near the potato patch.

Osborn Homestead Trail, just west of the homestead near the potato patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa said that while people remind us to stop and smell the flowers, she reminds us to stop and smell the ponderosa pine which smell like vanilla or butterscotch, especially when the trunk is in the sun.

Ponderosa Pine smell like Butterscotch or vanilla.

Ponderosa Pine smell like Butterscotch or vanilla.

 

Nice trails, though the person at the visitor center told us that the parking lot we used today would not be open in the winter, so to access the same trail we’d need to hike the road or connect via trails 12 and 1.

It was a beautiful September, Sunday afternoon in Colorado. The weather was mild, a little breezy and perfect for hiking. However, we only saw the park ranger on the trail until we were within 200 yards of the parking lot on the return trip. So, we were surprised that there were so few people. The next two weekends should have the golden display of the changing aspens and we’re hoping to get there in a couple weeks.

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