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,  we loaded up the tandem Mill Creek 16.5 kayak and brought along our hiking gear. When we arrived it was pretty windy so we opted for the hike.

Plenty of white caps out on Eleven Mile Reservoir

Plenty of white caps out on Eleven Mile Reservoir

The hike begins from the Coyote Ridge Parking area. Shortly after setting out, it began to rain. We donned our rain jackets and continued on. In typical Colorado fashion, after 20 minutes of hiking, (basically from just before the backcountry camp area to just after it, the rain ended and it was warm and sunny.

These two photos were taken just 20 minutes apart

These two photos were taken just 20 minutes apart

The trail in the backcountry camp area is called the Bear Trail, but after the campsites we ended up on the Midland Trail. This Midland trail passes through some grassy areas and then heads into a forested area.

Midland Trail Sign at Eleven Mile Reservoir

Midland Trail Sign at Eleven Mile Reservoir

Rock formations on Midland Trail at Eleven Mile Reservoir

Rock formations on Midland Trail at Eleven Mile Reservoir

As we made our way around the Midland loop we passed by and old cattle corral.

Cattle ramp and corral on the Midland Trail

Cattle ramp and corral on the Midland Trail

We finished the hike, returning to the truck, completing a circuit of about 4 miles. Overall, it’s a pretty easy trail, and something nice to do if the boating conditions are less than desirable.

Loading the boat up didn’t go to waste, however. We left it on the truck over night and drove down to Brush Hollow today and enjoyed a sunnier day in warmer temps.

Ready to launch in the tandem Mill Creek 16.5 kayak

Ready to launch in the tandem Mill Creek 16.5 kayak

Calm winds and warm temps made for a pleasant and relaxing paddle

Light breezes and warm temps made for a pleasant and relaxing paddle

Penrose, Colorado isn’t that far from Colorado Springs, but we heard that there were heavy rains while we were gone today.

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