Friday, January 03, 2014

Mt. Cutler and Strawberry Hill 1/3/14

Met my friend Jenny to go up Mt. Cutler, a pretty easy 2 mile hike.  Afterward, explored Strawberry Hill.  To access Strawberry Hill, turn left away from the main entrance to N. Cheyenne Canyon instead of entering, park right in front of the Starr Kempf house, and look for trailhead just across Mesa Rd.  Hiked another 2-2.5 miles on Strawberry Hill - also denoted Old Hobo Trail and Old Penrose Trail on some maps. So, total about 5.5 (14.6 running total) miles.

View heading up Mt. Cutler.

S. Cheyenne Canyon, including Seven Falls.

Zooming in on Seven Falls - mostly frozen over now.

This amazing frozen waterfall was on Cheyenne Mtn. under the Old Stage Road.

Heading back down.

Starr Kempf sculptures on Evans. Ave.

Hairy Woodpecker as I start wandering around Strawberry Hill.

Some open areas down near the bottom.

Some nice secluded areas on the way up.  

Lots of ruts from bicycle use and flood damage.  This is flood damage.

The trail crests a hill and suddenly you arrive at Old Stage Rd. by the mailboxes.  I wonder when that will open again - and Seven Falls, too?

On the way back I took a turn left heading over closer to the S. Cheyenne Canyon and came across this very wide flood-damaged area.  

Heading back down.

Down back near Mesa and Evans.  I think the ditch is called Dixon Ditch.  Trees show some high water marks.

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