Saturday, July 21, 2012

Paint Mines (Calhan, CO) 7/21/12 (First of Shahr Ramadan)

Nice trail out on the plains - the Paint Mines are definitely worth seeing at least once.  But be warned, in summer they can be an oven and get dangerously hot.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Castlewood Canyon 7/19/12

Castlewood Canyon is a beautiful state park that is relatively easy to access from both the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas - you don't have to drive hours in the mountains.  We've covered pretty much every trail in two visits, and it can be done in one with a bit of planning.  There are homestead ruins, the ruins of the dam that burst in the 30's (I think), a beautiful bridge for the highway, and nice wildlife like crayfish, frogs, deer, and I even saw a Rainbow Trout swimming upstream apparently all the way from the Cherry Creek Reservoir.  This is one everyone needs to see at some point.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rained-out Hike (Pancake Rocks) 7/17/12

Headed up to Horsethief Falls, but did not get on to Pancake Rocks because a long hard rain came and didn't go.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Howard Gulch, The Horseshoe, Mt. Dewey Trail (Green Mountain Falls) 7/10/12

The gulch isn't really a trail but is used as such - some of our crew didn't like that, but I didn't mind.  The Mt. Dewey Trail just kind of dead ends and we wished it would go back to the road without us having to backtrack.  We had to use the Gulch access because other access points to the Green Mountain Falls area trails were closed due to this summer's fires.  Green Mountain Falls is a neat little mountain community - definitely stop for lunch in town, you can walk around the lake there, as well.