Category Archives: Hikes

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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Castlewood Canyon

A quick hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park, and then up to Parker to tour a museum. That was my plan. But as I drove north on Routh 83, it began to rain. When I pulled into the park, I … Continue reading

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Catamount Trail

Never daunted in her quest to introduce people to hiking in the mountains, Young organized another adventure for CBS staff. As enticement, she offered to supply a picnic lunch at the mid-point. The hike followed the Catamount Trail from the … Continue reading

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Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak (Summit County) — 14,265 feet—So named by miners who could not identify ore found on the mountain. My friend and coworker Young organized a hike up this 14er for anyone who wanted to go. Her offer was accepted … Continue reading

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Tunnel Drive Trail

Route 50 curves away from the Arkansas River just west of Cañon City. This isn’t surprising, because the river cuts through the Royal Gorge just west of town. Right where the road curves, there’s a trailhead for the Tunnel Drive … Continue reading

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February Recap

Not far from our house, on the route I walk home from work, there’s a random slide. It’s connected to, but not particularly near, a housing development. I stopped by one day to give it a try. I posted this … Continue reading

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Almost everywhere we went in the San Luis Valley, we could see the huge sand dunes piled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From a distance, they were dwarfed by the mountains. They got impressively larger as we drove … Continue reading

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Mount Evans

Every year, Young Chase organizes a hike up one of Colorado’s 14ers (the name for the 54 peaks in the state over 14,000 feet high). This year the plan was to climb Quandary Peak, but a forest fire near Breckenridge … Continue reading

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