Sand Creek Lakes (mis?)Adventure – 2017

 

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Wildflowers along trail between Music Pass and Upper Sand Creek Lake

One nice and relatively easy backpacking trip is the one to either of the Sand Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains when approached from Music pass. You will likely want a 4×4 to get to the trail-head as the road can get pretty rough in spots. We went the weekend of June 24th/25th, arriving at the trailhead on   Continue reading

Macey Lakes – Backpacking – 2016

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View around Upper Macey Lake (west)

My two older sons planned a backpacking trip for this summer to Macey Lakes and I was invited along. We were there together a few years ago and I was there last summer but it’s become a favorite spot. The hiking distance from the Horn Creek trailhead/parking area to the lower lake is longer than other trails nearby and I think the distance   Continue reading

Macey Lakes – 2015, Backpacking

I just realized that, much to my surprise, I have not posted about my previous Macey Lakes trips. I was last there several years ago with Joshua and Luke. Prior to that we backpacked in there in June and the area still had plenty of snow, so we always camped lower, about a mile from the lower lake.

Joshua and Luke on the previous trip to Macy Lakes

Joshua and Luke on the previous trip to Macey Lakes

This weekend Jeff and Troy and I backpacked to lower Macey Lake and hiked to, and fished, the two upper lakes.  This is a 6 mile trek which took 4 hours to hike in and 2-1/2 hours to hike out. I wanted to drive since   Continue reading

Venable Lakes Backpacking – 2015

Summer is in full swing, so we know it’s time to go backpacking. It’s always a lot of work, however, once I’m out there I remember why I like going so much, and then wonder why I don’t go more often. Jeff and I had a short conversation about a trip for the weekend while playing the weekly street hockey game on Wednesday. We decided to head out after work on Friday. Venable Lakes seemed like a good choice.

Arriving at the Comanche/Venable Trailhead around 8PM, we hiked up the trail to camp in the nearby forest (camping is not allowed at the parking area). That way, in the morning, we could return to parking area to pick up our items left in the cooler.

Our low-elevation, evening camp not too far from the Comanche/Venable parking area

Our low-elevation, evening camp not too far from the Comanche/Venable parking area

In the morning we made a quick breakfast, packed up   Continue reading

Upper North Platte River Float – Wyoming

The Colorado, Green, White and Gunnison rivers are all rivers close to home and good for multi-day float trips. However, there is one other river with similar characteristics which the other river rats have floated but, I had not . . . the North Platte River. The North Platte River section they float, in Wyoming, begins north of Saratoga and ends at Interstate Highway, I-80. Take a look at the Upper North Platte River Float Map for more information. The listed brochure also has some good detailed information. You’ll especially want to note the boundaries of private and public land. As is typical in southern Wyoming, there is a checkerboard pattern   Continue reading

Horn Lakes – Backpacking 2013

After a few delays, I was finally able to get out on another backpacking trip this weekend. Heading back to my favorite weekender backpacking destination, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, three of us headed up to Horn Lakes. I think the first time I took this trip my youngest son was 6 or 7 years old. Horn Lakes has all the elevation gain as the other trails, but it it can seem a little more strenuous. I think this is because by the time you cross Horn Creek at about 2.5 miles you’re about halfway there . . . then the steep section begins.

Horn Creek

Horn Creek

Shortly after that you come across the old Wilderness boundary area marked by the old-school sign. I’ve seen these on other trails as well, but some of them are broken. I don’t think it is vandalism, but just old age. They are all very weathered and don’t actually mark the current boundaries.

Wilderness Sign

Wilderness Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the final Creek crossing you traverse along the   Continue reading

Fishing High Mountain Lakes in Colorado

 

I like backpacking in the Colorado Rockies. I also like to fish. When I began backpacking, I chose trips which had lakes as the destination so I could do both. Some guys at work told me that I should use a Panther Martin #1 or #2, black with green dots. Others said I should use a Kastmaster.

Panther Martin and Kastmaster Lures
Panther Martin and Kastmaster Lures

I tried them and had some success, but many times, I could see the fish swimming in the clear mountain water, but they just ignored my lures. Man, that is frustrating! This went on for a while but one day I happened to be talking to   Continue reading