Category Archives: Hikes

Rainbow Gulch

Based on lists by other birders, this is the go-to place for high-mountain species in El Paso County. I went early on a Friday that was forecasted to get up to 90°. The Rainbow Gulch Trail is about a mile-and-a-half-long … Continue reading

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Catamount Reservoir

I hiked to Catamount Reservoir from Green Mountain Falls—a hike I’ve made twice before with coworkers and friends. It was a beautiful day, although a bit warm and the trails were crowded. A touch of altitude sickness prevented me from … Continue reading

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My Accidental Hike

A Pacific Loon was sighted at Chatfield State Park. I drove up on Saturday morning to look for it. I had just gotten to the shore of the lake when I spotted another birder looking at some scaup that were … Continue reading

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Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space

Saturday morning in Colorado Springs was gray, overcast, and damp. I headed for a trail I hadn’t hiked before. It was about 30 miles north of my house, not far from Castle Rock. As soon as I drove over the … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

I took off early for Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The government was shut down, so I was a bit surprised that I could get in. The place was busier than I’ve ever seen it—I must have passed 10 other … Continue reading

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