Snowshoeing Florissant Fossil Beds

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It’s February, it snowed yesterday and it’s a bluebird day. Time to go snowshoeing! We’d been watching the weather forecasts all week and while the forecast for the amount of snow was wrong (we got twice as much as predicted) it was a major bonus. Lisa and I had a half-dozen destinations in mind, but had trouble deciding where to go. As we passed through Woodland Park we finally made up our mind Continue reading

Sangre de Cristo Mountains – In Winter

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A view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains approaching from the east.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you already know that the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are my favorite nearby destination for summer backpacking. When winter arrives I’m typically heading for other mountain destinations or out to the plains for pheasant hunting, however, I’ve been wanting to visit the Sangre de Cristos during Continue reading

Brush Creek Lakes, Backpacking, Hiking – 2019

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This fall I hiked in to Brush Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, then backpacked and then hiked it again all on three consecutive weekends. The first weekend, Labor Day weekend, I hiked in with Lisa, Joshua and Cory on a practice hike. This would be the first time I’d done some serious hiking since I Continue reading

Boss and Hunt Lakes, 4×4 and Hike

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I really needed to get in a good hike since my return from South Korea on Friday night, and Lisa wanted to get in a decent hike to a lake, so she popped open a hiking book and we found this hike to Hunt Lake. If you go west on US 50 from Poncha Springs look for the runaway truck ramp on the left side of the highway Continue reading

Cherry Lake – Backpacking, Hunting

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High up in the Sange de Cristo Range, Colorado

2018 – Friday, August 31st – Luke and I drove down to the Wild Cherry Creek trailhead which is on the western side of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. Our plan was to backpack most of the way to Cherry Lake, set up camp, and continue hiking for an above timberline deer hunt. Luke had the tag and I was along for support. We arrived at the trailhead around 11pm. I covered Continue reading

Mt. Evans – August 2018

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View from atop Mt. Evans of the observatory and observation deck

 

Last weekend Lisa and I joined Joshua and Cory and Luke on a trip to Mt Evans, one of the Colorado fourteeners which can be driven to the summit. However, we didn’t drive to the top, but instead hiked from a parking lot at Summit Lake. This would be 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