We spent a few months in Palm Springs over the 2020/2021 winter season and this trailhead was a block away from where we were staying, so I planned to finish it at least once. However, we could tell that its a very popular trail by the number of cars that parked near it every day, so I kept putting it off because of COVID and not knowing how wide the trail actually was.
We came back in April and I was vaccinated, so I decided to give it a shot. I chose the hottest part of the day to try and ensure that no-one was on the trail and that worked out pretty well. I only saw 10 other people and most of them were doing an evening hike.
This was supposed to be an 8-mile hike, but it turned out to be about 10-miles from trailhead to trailhead. It was a pretty difficult first real hike of the year, but I made it. It would be as bad if I was in any kind of shape.
I’m beginning to think I’m spoiled here in CO. I’m working in the middle of the Oroville Recreation Area and Dam here in California and thought it would be easy to take a a couple of quick hikes after work.
I found a trail on AllTrails, but it seemed every road to it was closed or private. The area also had no cell coverage, so I drove around for a while looking for a trailhead. I finally found the visitor center, but it closed at 5:00pm. I finally found a trailhead, and it turned out to be the trail I was looking for. However, it was a gravel road that ran over the dam in the 95+ degree sun with no shade.
I thought I saw a trailhead by the visitor center and headed back. There were a couple of suicidal baby deer along the route, but I made it without incident. There was a trailhead, but no markings of any kind. I headed off in one direction and found some trail markers 1/4 mile down the trail???
I decided I would go on the Kelly Point Trail and followed the marker down the trail to another tee 1/2 mile further down the trail. The tee was three trails listed, but none of them was Kelly point Trail, WTF???? I chose one direction at random to another tee. This time is had Kelly point, but not all the previously listed trails were listed.
It was a nice trail in the end. The bark on the trees were very strange. I was planning on coming back the next day, but the 100+ degree heat and the terrible trail markers made me skip it.
I didn’t know if I was going the right way for the first 1/2 mile because there were no trail markers indicating that I was on the Palmer Red Rock trail, and there was a couple of trail branches with no markers. Luckily I met some hikers coming down who told me that I was going the right way, and that it was going to get steep.
It was pretty steep and rocky after the 3/4 mile mark until the 1.5 mile mark. It was all smooth sailing after that. I’d probably recommend going through the trail backward because it seemed much smoother and gradual on the way down.
I saw three species of birds that I’d never seen before including:
One with an elaborate black and white pattern
One with an incredibly vibrant yellow with some black
A smaller one that I don’t remember clearly
This was another hike from 60 Hikes within 60 miles, but there is no way this is within 60 miles.
Many of the hikes in Colorado Springs are great, but also short and easy. At six miles and with a difficult rating, the Palmer Red Rock Loop is a break from the norm. The trail takes hikers on a loop in the foothills on the western edge of Colorado Springs. The first half of the loop ascends and the second half descends.
This hike was supposed to be 5.7.0 miles, but was really closer to 4. It was a nice hike to get ready for the mountains. I’ve already completed portions of each trail and now they are both complete.
AllHikes connected some points of the trail that don’t connect, but the park map was correct.
Panorama Point To Bear Creek Trail Loop is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kittredge, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
I skipped the last day of the class and went for a hike between the time the hotel kicked me out and Lina flew in to Columbus. I started as the same place as the last hike and went in the opposite direction. Amazingly, I saw more animals on this city-trail (a fawn and two otters) than I usually see int he mountains.
The best part of this hike happened afterward. The hotel let me use the pool shower before I picked up Lina and I spent some fantastic minutes in the pool, which will be my new standard operating procedure in Denver.
This was a great hike for the Estes Park region. Lots of shade, different terrain, and it wasn’t too much straight up. Pretty cool views from the top.
Crosier Mountain Trail is near the mountain town of Glen Haven. It’s a cute little place and a miniature of neighboring Estes Park, with one bed-and-breakfast, on general store, one great gift shop, and a real estate office. Crosier Mountain is a small version of the massive trails that dominate neighboring Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a great workout with spectacular views and smaller crowds than are found in Estes Park.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Denver and Boulder – Kim Lipker
This is one of the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles trails. The park itself was BUSY for a Wednesday and required paid parking. I managed to find a spot for the Great Dale about 1/4 mile away that was free and added some extra mileage for the hike.
I was supposed to go to Flatiron 1, but I was there on one of the days it was closed. Luckily, they didn’t mention the fact until I was 3/4 of a mile up the side of the mountain and got to the trailhead.
The trail to the flatiron was basically a flat dirt road that seemed like it was going straight up. The Flatiron Loop was pretty level, had a couple of nice views, and plenty of opportunities to go scrambling.
Royal Arch was a a bitch. I took a break at a fairly solitary spot less than a mile from the arch, and that was a mistake. Lots of straight up and down on rocks and roots with lots of traffic. The arch was pretty packed and the view wasn’t much better that it was from the trail.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles by Kin Lipker
For first time visitors, as well as the native Boulderite, this is the perfect place to test your hiking mettle, with a serious elevation gain regarded with a glimpse of the beautiful Chautauqua Park surroundings. Chautauqua Park lies on the southwestern edge of Boulder and is comprised of a park, cottages, auditorium, mountain park, and miles of mountain hiking trails.
This was a nice hike wit good shade and some nice variety.
Meadow View, Bear Creek and Picnic Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Elevation Gain:544 feet
Distance: 6.43 miles
Time: 2:31:22 minutes
Avg Speed: 2.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,020 ft
Here’s how Google Assistant thought my perfectly crafted pictures could be better:
Independence mountain was slightly challenging, but a nice hike.
I added the rest to add some distance to the hike. They were nice hikes with a little variety in terrain. The Alltrails map did not match the actual trail map. The park trail map was spot on!
From All trails:
Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.