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4 Great Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Super Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful place to visit anytime of year, but the ability to avoid the ski traffic on I-70 makes it a great place to snowshoe in the winter.  Below are three great snowshoeing trails.

Mills Lake Trail

This 5.3 mile trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular.  We had actually planned to hike farther than Mills Lake, but the sunny forecast was far from accurate.  Instead, a 40 mph sustained wind blew a stingy fresh snow into our face!  So much so, that when we laid eyes on the amazing lake and surrounding peaks, we were happy to stop at the lake and enjoy the scenery. Continue reading “4 Great Snowshoeing Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park”

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Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail Closed Due to Wildfires This Summer

Views From Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail (Summer 2017)

So I took four summers to complete the Colorado Trail which I finished a little over a year ago.  This was a very big accomplishment for me and at times I wondered why in the heck I was doing it.  Especially during the final summer when all it did was RAIN!  During these CONSTANT storms last year, we slogged through rain and sleet, took cover from lightning and even aborted one camping trip.  At the same time, we enjoyed SPECTACULAR scenery and wonderful wildflowers.  Some of my favorite segments were in the San Juan Mountain Range.  Segments 24 and 25 were awe-inspiring! Continue reading “Segment 25 of the Colorado Trail Closed Due to Wildfires This Summer”

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: From Telluride to Durango

Always in search of beautiful fall colors, I set out toward the Southwestern part of the state with nary a plan.  I wasn’t sure where I was going to stay, where I was going to eat, or where I was going to hike.  Armed with my tent and sleeping bag, upon arrival in Telluride, I went in search of some dispersed camping and headed up to Alta Lakes. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: From Telluride to Durango”

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Road Trip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Aspen

Tanya and I spent a weekend in Aspen to enjoy the fall colors.  Interestingly, all the aspen at 10,000 feet and above were at their peak, while trees at a lower elevation had yet to change.  Since we hiked a bunch, we lucked out and stumbled across amazing color.  Had we been doing a lot of scenic driving, I think the best time for leaf peeping would be this up coming weekend. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Aspen”

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: Vail

Though I stayed in Breckenridge, I drove over the pass for a hike in Vail.  Most of the hikes in Vail are rated as hard as they tend to be long with significant elevation gain.  I didn’t have all day, as I was meeting some friends in Vail for dinner, so I picked one of the easiest trails I could find.

Bighorn Creek Trail is 6.9 miles and rated as moderate.  The parking, with only about six spots at the trailhead and six spots down the road, was extremely limited especially given no parking is allowed on the road and the trailhead parking is limited three hours.  In addition, I don’t think the regular hiker can finish this trail to the cabin in three hours except perhaps a trail runner.

The moderate rating was a bit of a misnomer though comparative to other hikes in the area, maybe it is correctly ranked.  The dry dirt trail begins with a steep climb and then levels off through a grove of aspen.  A small boulder field and a mountainside of dormant fireweed intermingle with more aspen before the trail begins to climb. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Vail”

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: Breckenridge

As a member of the Schussbaumer Ski Club, eventhough I don’t ski, I have a place to stay in Breckenridge during the summertime at their chalet, just a few blocks from downtown.

As such, I headed to the mountains for some hiking.  I settled on McCullough Gulch Trail, a 6.2 mile hike to an alpine lake.

The trail is located off the same road as the popular 14er trail to Quandary Peak, where many cars were parked.  At first, I thought I was going to have to park on the lower part of the road and walk 1.5 miles to the trailhead.  Then I figured out I could pass the popular trailhead and find more parking closer to the McCullough Gulch Trailhead. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Breckenridge”

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13th Annual $luts and Mutts Weekend

This weekend was the 13th Annual weekend for $luts and Mutts. For me, however, it was the first annual weekend as this was my first time to attend.  My friend Danelle, who I met through hiking the Colorado Trail, is the organizer.  I was quite impressed with all of her effort.

Danelle spent a weekend scouting the location, organized the food list, and she along with a few of the ladies who have participated in the event since the inception had quite the set up…food tents, tables, stoves, satellite radio, and even a privacy tent for potty breaks. Continue reading “13th Annual $luts and Mutts Weekend”

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A Weekend in Vail

A Little Hiking in Vail

Well my weekend in Vail turned out to be a little lackadaisical after I sprained my ankle on first hike Friday, but it was still enjoyable, and I will definitely be back to explore the area more.  Maybe even later this year. Continue reading “A Weekend in Vail”

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Things to Do in Creede

Things to Do in Creede

Creede, the only incorporated city in Mineral County has a population of 290.  In its lucrative mining days, it was home to 10,000 people.  The silver mines operated from 1890 to 1985.  The town is located in a rugged wilderness area with many outdoor activities available. Continue reading “Things to Do in Creede”

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Buena Vista, Colorado Post Now Available on GPSMyCity with Offline GPS Guided Maps!

I’m pleased to announce the following post now available on GPSMyCity!

Top Things to Do in Buena Vista, Colorado

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The GPSMyCity app is designed for people who enjoy exploring cities by foot.  The App offers countless travel articles and self-guided walking tours for over 1,000 cities world wide. Continue reading “Buena Vista, Colorado Post Now Available on GPSMyCity with Offline GPS Guided Maps!”