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: Columbine Trail to Helen Hunt Falls

Columbine Trail (Lower Trailhead) to Helen Hunt Falls (8 miles)

Finally, Tanya and I got together for a hike!  It had been a while, and it was a small miracle that we managed to both be free Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend!  We wanted to get in some mileage and knew it was still muddy in the ski towns, so we headed to the foothills near Colorado Springs and knocked off Columbine Trail. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Columbine Trail to Helen Hunt Falls”

Hikes Near Denver:  Barr Lake State Park

Well, it’s hiking season, though a little muddy in the mountains, so I headed north from Denver to Barr Lake State Park.  An 8.8 mile flat, gravel trail circles the lake.  The south side of the lake is designated as a preserve and dogs are not allowed. Continue reading “Hikes Near Denver:  Barr Lake State Park”

Hikes Near Denver: Hildebrand Ranch

Today Ken and I took the dogs to Hildebrand Ranch for a wonderful five-mile stroll.  The park is part of Jeffco County Open Space located in Littleton, Colorado.  The simple five-mile loop starts from the parking lots and leads hikers through a wide open meadow of wild flowers. The trail undulates along the plains and hogback and eventually reaches a residential area by a small pond where the well marked trail zigzags back and forth until it reaches the ranch again. Continue reading “Hikes Near Denver: Hildebrand Ranch”

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”