|Single aspen in a field, with pine all around|
I forced myself to get into the car, and by 9:30am I was heading up I-70 toward Evergreen and thinking to myself that I wasn't really in the 'holiday' spirit this year and I didn't really want to hike. Then I thought of my former co-worker who used to listen to KOZI 101.1 all through the holiday season in our small office and they play only Christmas music at this time of year. While I was very sick of it by the time Christmas rolled around, it was nice now and then, so I turned it on only to hear some cheezy Gloria Estefan songs and I nearly changed it but some jazz Christmas music came on, and suddenly I was getting excited for the upcoming holidays and for the hike.
Getting there: This trail is very near to the Lower Maxwell Falls trailhead, just 2.5 miles farther up the road. To get there drive to Evergreen Colorado and continue south where Hwy 74 and 73 intersect, at the center of town. Turn right or South onto Highway 73 and drive about .9 of a mile to Brook Forest Road and turn right. Take Brook Forest Road for almost exactly 6 miles (*hint* use the odometer on your car) until you see a sign for "Cub Creek Trailhead", turn right after the sign on a dirt road which immediately leads to the parking lot. As long as you see the sign, you won't miss the hike. Here is the google map to the intersection.
|End of fall and beginning of winter|
The Journey: When I left the house Friday morning, I was actually planning on trying to find the "Upper Maxwell Falls trailhead", I have hiked the Lower falls, and have read there are "upper" falls, but I haven't found the parking lot yet. A blog that I had read gave me some hint that the trailhead and parking lot to the upper falls were a few miles past the lower trailhead. So, I turned on my odometer, and started up Brook Forest Road in search of the trail, passing the trailhead to the Lower Falls after 3.5 miles. I continued up the road and eventually came to a section where there were several houses, and the Brook Forest Inn. I kept going and soon saw a "national forest land" sign which gave me hope that I was close, shortly after that was the sign pointing to Cub Creek Trailhead. I turned right, and right again immediately and drove a short distance (100 yards) to the large parking lot. Even though this wasn't Upper Maxwell Falls, I wasn't going to be picky, it was a new trail that I hadn't hiked before and I was ready to hit the trail!
The lot was deserted, and I parked right in front of the trail, got out and started walking. Immediately, I remembered the other reason I hadn't been hiking recently; my MP3 player was broken and I missed listening to the music while hiking. However, the sounds of the forest became mesmerizing and I listened to the birds and squirrels chirp, and the wind blow through the evergreen trees as I walked along.
I followed my trails back the way I came, and made it to my truck less than an hour later feeling refreshed, happy and ready for my next hike. Even though it is winter, there are still amazing trails, solidarity on hikes with less people and crisp snow against the evergreen trees for me to enjoy.
If you know of any 'less known' hikes in the front range area, peaks, or trails that are hikeable in winter PLEASE post, I'd love to check them out!
Lime Green Ear Flap Hat available on etsy, great for hiking!
|Berries on the trail|
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