Staying close to Denver, made the trip down Highway 285, just outside Conifer over to Reynolds Park to do the Eagle’s View Trail Loop. Reynolds Park is 2118 acres and has 17 miles of trails. The Loop is actually made up of several trails. Elkhorn trail, Eagle’s View trail itself, Raven’s Roost and Oxen Draw trail. Total hike distance 4.5 miles. Great views from the apex of this hike! This is the 2nd time in a month that I’ve hiked this, having done this in April as well.
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.
Today was a great chance to get outdoors after the brief cold spell and snow we had earlier in the week. So the plan was to head south to Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods and get a decent hike in, since its been almost 4 weeks since the last time I was on a trail.
It’s been 8 or 9 years since I’ve last been to Garden of the Gods, but I’ve never hiked any trails through the park itself. According to the Garden of the Gods website, there are around 15 miles of trails within the park. None of the trails are too strenuous, hardly any elevation gain, and the not one trail longer than 3 miles. It’s a good idea to combine a couple of trails to get a nice day in the park, log some mileage and experience some of natures awesome rock formations throughout.
We did a combination of the Siamese Twins trail, Palmer, Perkins Central Garden and Scotsman trails, ending back on the Siamese Twins trail. The Perkins Central Garden trail is the only trail with a concrete path.
It was a good day today on the trails and out in nature. Here are a few pictures from todays hike.