Roadtrip to the Rockies: Lake Dorothy

Tanya and I went on the best hike today.  We met up at the Westminster PNR by 7:20am and drove 1.5 hours to the 4th of July Trailhead located in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  The parking lot was full, so we turned around and parked on the side of the dirt road with many other cars.  I think the latest hikers may arrive with a chance of snagging a parking spot is 8:30am on the weekend. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Lake Dorothy”

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Top Things to Do in Buena Vista

My tennis peeps and I took a weekend getaway from Denver to Buena Vista.  We mixed up our time between outdoor activities and relaxation.  Here are some top things to do in Buena Vista, Continue reading “Top Things to Do in Buena Vista”

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Hiking in Buena Vista

Hiking in Buena Vista

My tennis peeps and I headed out for a weekend in Buena Vista and had a great time!  We wandered the town, soaked in the Mount Princeton Hot Springs, relaxed at the house, visited St. Elmo (a ghost town) and of course, hiked.  Some of us hiked more than others, but Marissa and I knocked out three trails. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Hiking in Buena Vista”

Roadtrip to the Rockies: A Hiking Weekend in Breckenridge

A Hiking Weekend in Breckenridge

So the weather wasn’t terribly conducive to long, high altitude hikes in Breckenridge unless post holing and getting soaked by rainstorms sound fun.

Wheeler Lake

My first hike of the weekend was on Friday to Wheeler Lake.  The forecast originally called for rain in the afternoon and then changed to only cloudy.  This was exciting though I later found out, inaccurate news. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: A Hiking Weekend in Breckenridge”

Road Trip to the Rockies: Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail(s): Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Fees: Day Pass per Auto: $20
Distance: 5+ miles
Dogs Allowed: No

I bought a National Parks pass at the end of last year, and haven’t used it too much.  As such, without dog sitting this weekend, I wanted get a hike in at Rocky Mountain National Park as dogs aren’t allowed on the trails. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park”

Monochrome Monday: Button Rock Preserve

One  of the dams at Button Rock Preserve

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Road Trip to the Rockies: Button Rock Preserve

Button Rock Preserve

Trail(s): Sleepy Lion Trail
Location: Button Rock Preserve
Fees: Free
Distance: 4.7 miles
Dogs Allowed: Yes

I was pleasantly surprised by Button Rock Preserve, operated by the City of Longmont.  Many time, “Preserve” is synonymous with “No Dogs Allowed”, but this preserve had a leash, off-leash, and no dogs allowed area.

I got a late start this morning and I didn’t arrive to the trailhead until around noon.  I expected that many people would be finishing up their 4.7 mile hike, but the parking lot was full of families, hikers, climbers, and dogs on this sunny, yet crisp winter day.

The beginning of the trail follows a slightly graded dirt road.  Generally, hiking up a road with lots of people isn’t my favorite type of hike, but it passes by climbing cliffs, a dam, and the small Longmont Reservoir which just look like a wide, slow moving portion of the North St. Vrain Creek which is also skirted by the road all within 3/4 of a mile. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: Button Rock Preserve”