Snowshoeing Old Monarch Pass

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Back on December 29th, 2016 (6 weeks ago . . . already!), some family visitors wanted to ski and snowboard at Monarch Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area, but Lisa and I wanted to go snowshoeing instead. So, while they hit the slopes, we drove a little further up the highway towards Monarch Pass to the parking area and   Continue reading

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Snowshowing/Hiking – Rocky Mountain National Park

What can I say? It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to Rocky Mountain National Park. Like more than 20 years, and about a 2-1/2 hour drive. It’s not that it isn’t a nice place to visit, but we just never seem to get there. This year we decided to go . . . and stay for a couple of nights, and . . . snowshoe! We hadn’t really planned on it, because, as was noted in my previous post, it had been in the 70s along the Front Range for weeks. But, then just before we went the temperatures dropped and we got a little snow in the lower elevations and . . . . . . two feet in the National Park! Woo Hoo!!!

We drove up there on the morning of Friday, April 17. As we approached Estes Park on US-34 it began to snow again.

The snow was falling on the way to Estes Park

The snow was falling on the way to Estes Park

We stayed on the west end of Estes Park at the Maxwell Inn. It was a nice little place, looking as if it had been   Continue reading

Mueller State Park Ponds

A few weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day, we went to Cripple Creek to check out the annual ice sculpture display. Unfortunately, it was rather warm and the displays were either melting, covered or just beginning to be worked on. It seems like it might be a nice event, though there was one part of the display area which was supported by a DJ and an immensely agitating sound system. Not sure why the event planner thought that was a good idea, but it made quite a negative impression and I doubt I’ll make an effort to return next year. But, that’s not the point of my blog today. I haven’t written in quite a while, though I have been busy. I’ve managed to get   Continue reading

Snowshoeing Mueller State Park – Preacher’s Hollow

We got some nice snow yesterday (Friday). Probably 3 or 4 inches here in the Springs, so we figured it would be a nice snowshoeing day up in the mountains. We headed up to Mueller State Park, (this is the link but it seems to be broken today: http://www.parks.state.co.us/parks/mueller/Pages/MuellerHome.aspx). The roads were a little sloppy as the sun melts the snow nicely on the highway even though the air temp was only 26F. Once in the park we stopped at the Preacher’s Hollow trailhead, which is trail number 4 on the map.

Turned out to be a gorgeous day with a few clouds, plenty of sunshine and with the effort of hiking it actually felt hot. Halfway through the trip I was hiking in a sweater and no gloves.

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At one point I decided to hike through some deep snow and fell   Continue reading

Snowshoeing Fox Run Regional Park

About 4 inches of snow fell yesterday, and a little more over night so it seemed like a good day to go snowshoeing. Mueller State Park came to mind right away, but then we considered that we really didn’t want to make a full day of it. The El Paso County Regional Park, Fox Run is only 15 minutes or so away, and with the fresh snow here in the city we figured it would be a good choice.

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We were snowshoeing for about an hour and 15 minutes, in the roughly 5 or six inches of fresh snow and 22 degree temps and were plenty warm when we got back to the truck.

Beautiful Day. Thanks for visiting my blog.