Rabbit Ears Peak – Hiking

Jeff and I were considering going backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains last weekend, but the report from the forest service worker at the Wescliffe Work Center said that there was still quite a bit of snow up there. So, we changed plans and instead drove up to the Rabbit Ears Pass area between Kremling and Steamboat Springs on Friday evening. I hadn’t been in there before so we spent a couple of days hiking and camping.

We arrived around 10PM and camped in a large open area near Newcomb Creek. We setup our tents, discussed some plans for the following day and went to bed. The following morning we packed up, made the short drive over to the Newcomb Creek trailhead and headed out.

Newcomb Creek Trail, entering Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

Newcomb Creek Trail, entering Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

With all of the snow and rain this spring, the grasses were tall   Continue reading

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Eleven Mile – Trails, and quick trip to Brush Hollow

We were struggling with the decision of what to do yesterday. The weather forecast didn’t look promising, but we wanted to get outdoors. Go for a hike or load up the boats and go paddling. Lisa doesn’t enjoy paddling in strong winds so a hike would be okay. But, if it turned out the weather was nice when we arrived at our destination paddling would be nice, maybe even in addition to a hike.

I’ve been going to Eleven Mile State Park for years. It has a large reservoir and some relatively short hiking trails, in addition to lots of camp sites, including a backcountry camping area. Every time I’ve been there I’ve thought about hiking the trails but always end up doing something else. On Saturday,   Continue reading