December 1st, sunshine, 60 degree weather, of course I’m going hiking. Headed south towards Colorado Springs then west to the town of Green Mountain Falls, CO. There are 20 miles of hiking trails around Green Mountain Falls. More info can be found here.
The Catamount Trail is an in and out trail leading to Catamount Reservoir 3 miles later, with an elevation gain of 1430 feet. The start if the trail is actually in town. You walk for nearly a mile through town before getting to the actual start of the trail, then from there you get lots of steep rocky switchbacks trail up to the ridge. A really great lower body workout. You can expect for your quads and calves will be screaming at you the next day. Remember no pain, no gain. Once you reach the top of the ridge, the trail flattens out for a little bit, becomes a bit more rocky again before coming to a dirt road leading to the reservoir
Be aware as this is mountain lion territory. Luckily none were seen this day. I will settle for the few deer seen instead.
Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.