Catamount Ranch, Open Space hike

I picked up Jeff and his Golden, Zeke today for a hike in Mueller State Park. When I arrived at Jeff’s house he reminded me that dogs are not allowed on trails in the park since it is a birthing and wintering place for elk and big horns sheep. So, he suggested Catamount Ranch, Open space.

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Trail sign at Catamount Ranch, Open Space

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Crystal Creek Reservoir – Pikes Peak

If you’ve ever traveled the Pikes Peak Highway, or saw highlights of the annual auto race, you know that it goes to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114 feet. But, along the way there are three reservoirs which capture some of the melting snow and is then used for local drinking water. The highway drives across the Crystal Creek reservoir dam, but you need to leave the highway to get to South Catamount and North Catamount reservoirs. The area is known as the North Slope Recreation Area. It costs 4 dollars per person to take the highway to the lakes for the day. Most of the visitors are   Continue reading