Happy Hiking: Woodland Trail

  • Woodland Trail
  • Distance:  10.2 miles
  • Type: Moderate, out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,263 ft
  • Other: Dogs Allowed
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I enjoyed such nice views at Old Baldy yesterday that I returned to the area to hike Woodland Trail to Skycraper Reservoir.  To my surprise, this hike was significantly different from Old Baldy despite beginning just 3 miles south at Hessie Trailhead.

The previous day while driving to Old Baldy, I took note of the Hessie Trailhead parking situation.  Just before 8am on a Thursday, there were a few spots left, so this Friday, I made sure to arrive just before 7:30am.  Many cars lined the road, but I did find a designated spot which is important as illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed!

view from old balddy

Happy Hiking: Old Baldy

  • Old Baldy
  • Distance:  8.3 miles
  • Type: Moderate, out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,847 ft
  • Other: Dogs Allowed
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So just as there are multiple “Blue Lakes” in Colorado, there is more than one “Baldy”.  I decided to tackle the Old Baldy Summit in Roosevelt National Forest near Nederland, Colorado.  The hiking in this area is spectacular, but the parking in this area is atrocious.  As a result, I don’t go as often as I’d like.


A Lovely Snowshoe at Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Trail
Location: Near Eldora
Fees: None
Website: http://www.backpacker.com/trips/colorado/denver/boulder-co-lost-lake-winter-route/
Elevation: 9,009-9,786 feet
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset daily

Today we snowshoed Lost Lake Trail.  I have to say, this may have been the best snowshoe I have ever completed.  For starters, the snow was perfect!  At the beginning of the hike where we followed Hessie Road, there was a nice snowpack. Many times when we start a trail, there isn’t enough snow for snowshoes and spikes are hardly warranted.  Today, we probably could have just donned spikes, but the snow was soft and deep enough to where snowshoes worked as well, and we didn’t have to take them off and on throughout the hike!

Sometimes, without a GPS, it has been quite hard to determine which ski tracks follow the trail.  Not so today.  We followed the signs on the well-marked trail and trekked along the well-used path right to Lost Lake.  It was nice to reach our final destination as at times, we have had to turn around.

The path led us through a snow-covered evergreens on a low-grade climb.  The five-mile roundtrip which was both easy and fun provided fantastic views of the valley below as well as the Eldora Ski Mountain.

Even better, was the blue-bird sky.  We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.  ETB


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