Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
|Tunnel of Aspen trees early in the hike|
I wanted to get Josh out into the mountains so he could see the changing aspen trees for himself, rather than through my pictures; so I planned a great hike for us, one I had been "saving" since I knew it would be really cool in the fall.
Raspberry Mountain in Pikes National Forest stands 10,605 ft above sea level, a rocky summit that is dwarfed by nearby Pikes Peak. But the views from the top are by far my favorite views on top of any mountain I have climbed so far, including numerous 14ers. There is something really cool about climbing a 'smaller' mountain, you get better views of the scenery below (since you are closer to it) and amazing views of the larger mountains and ranges,; especially with the fall colors giving dimension to the long range views. This is a must hike at any time of the year, but fall just might be the best time of year on Raspberry Mountain.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
|Josh on Mt. Elbert using his Leki Hiking Pole|
In my last post, I listed my favorite hiking shoes, backpack, and hand warmers for those cold mornings or winter hiking. In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of hiking poles and my favorite outdoor clothing and accessories. The gear you wear, and items you take with you on your hike can very well save your life if something happens out in the wilderness.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
|Waterfalls along the trail, very pretty|
I had no idea how incredible this hike would be when I started up the trail but it didn't take long to espy what a great trail this would be and I couldn't stop snapping photo's along the way. The hike to Stanley Reservoir is 2 miles each way; but the trail is difficult with Class 2 climbing (using your hands to help you) in some locations; but once you are out of the canyon and behind it, the last 1/3 of the trail becomes much easier as it meanders through high elevation meadows with wildflowers and golden aspen trees that glimmered in the sunlight.
Friday, September 10, 2010
|Looking up at the Aspen Trees|
Now that it's fall, the trees are changing in the high elevation and the information about the Barbour Forks Trail says it takes the hiker through flowery meadows and aspen trees, which was something that sounded great to me instead of the rocky alpine tundra that I had become used to the past few weeks.
I woke up early when Josh left for work, but it was so chilly out that I waited until 8am before leaving the house to drive to Idaho Springs. After just a half an hour I made it to the trailhead and had a wonderful hike choosing my route up the Arapaho National Forest trails, hiking through meadows with wildflowers still in bloom and gold tipped aspen trees sparkling in the sunlight. It was a perfect hike for me this week.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
|Some of my fav gear, crochet wrist warmers & North Face Pack|
One of my pet peeves with hiking gear is that its not really very attractive at all. What lady wants to look like her husband/boyfriend on the trail with the exact same coat in a different size, horrible hiking pants that make your hips look really wide and your skiing gloves that are too hot to wear but you don't care if they get dirty? I know not me! Now, I am not saying to forgo the comfy Colorado lifestyle (say; hiking boots and tall socks, or socks with sandals) but lets try to update this a little bit for a cuter Colorado girl look. First I want to show you this You-Tube video; Colorado Girls; and after you watch, I am sure you'll understand what I mean .
Monday, September 6, 2010
|On top! 14,433ft, 2nd tallest in Cont. USA|
After nearly 5 hours and 4.5 miles of gaining 4700 feet in elevation we were standing on the top! It was an incredible challenge and a very long hike, but an amazing feat to reach the summit; this is the 10th, 14er that we have hiked and it’s very fitting that it was the tallest in Colorado.
The Mt. Elbert trailhead standard route starts a short drive from the mountain town of Leadville, about 1.5 hours from our home in Golden, CO. From Leadville, drive south through the town and follow the signs toward Hwy 24 East. Just as you are leaving the south end of Leadville turn right onto CR 300 and immediately cross the railroad tracks; drive for just under a mile and make a left turn onto CR 11 toward Halfmoon Creek.