Saturday, September 06, 2014

Macneil Trail to Cheyenne Mtn. Horns Summit 9/6/14

Hiked from Broadmoor Stables to the Horns on Cheyenne Mountain (now Cloud Camp).  Elevation gain a little over 1500 ft, round trip about 6.5 miles (129.5 runtotal).  Barely missed the rain - got some nice above-the-clouds views.
Old Stage Road and town in clouds

one beautiful quartz rock along trail

trail looks like this most of the way

old pump just after Swisher trail

first leaves of fall

Hmm, don't think I've seen one of these before - there were 2 or 3 near the Horns.

Antenna Farm

some kind of earthenworks dam down Fishers Canyon 

fire tower at Cloud Camp

flag by the Horns

remnants of the old site pushed off the hillside decades ago

not wild - they planted these at the camp

that dam thingy

the new lodge - built on the foundation of the old

 Townsend's Solitaire - molting?

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Clark's Nutcracker

don't eat me

sticky pine cones - popular fare, several eaten along trail

back at the car

Video from another hiker before the lodge was rebuilt, and a sunnier day, different (drier) time of year.

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