Dauntless Mine | Colorado | 01/31/21

Dauntless Mine | Pike National Forest Fairplay, CO | 01/31/21 | 6.90 miles | 1,398' gain W: Winter parking, S: Summer parking Okay, okay. The Dauntless Mine isn't really a destination, it's more a pile of rubble. And it certainly wasn't our chosen destination, that was 14er Mount Sherman. Sherman is a good 14er to …

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Castlewood Canyon State Park | Colorado | 01/23/21

Castlewood Canyon State Park Franktown, CO | 01/23/21 | 8.86 miles | 885' gain On the plains just south of Franktown, CO, hidden among the low hills and prairie grasses, a forested canyon awaits exploration. Invisible until you're right up on it, Castlewood Canyon is an unexpected sight, out of place in an area that …

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Mount Falcon Park – Eastern Loop | Colorado | 01/16/21

Mount Falcon Park - Eastern Loop | Jefferson County Open Space Morrison, CO | 01/16/21 | 7.88 miles | 1,796' gain This was a very last minute hike. I texted Allie at 9am asking if she wanted to go hiking - well, now. She was on board so we quickly picked a hike, packed our …

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Prairie Ridge Natural Area | Colorado | 12/25/20

Prairie Ridge Natural Area | Loveland Natural Areas Loveland, CO | 12/25/20 | 7.03 miles | 309' Prairie Ridge is the newest of the City of Loveland's Natural Areas. It just opened in May 2020 and connects to the neighboring Coyote Ridge Natural Area. (Like Coyote Ridge, dogs aren't allowed at Prairie Ridge so our …

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Fountain Valley Loop | Colorado | 12/13/20

Fountain Valley Loop | Roxborough State Park Littleton, CO | 12/13/20 | 3.17 miles | 390' gain After a fresh December snow, I traveled down to Roxborough State Park to hike a short loop through the red sandstone formations. It was a beautiful afternoon and there were plenty of families enjoying the easy Fountain Valley …

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Lory State Park’s Valley Trails | Colorado | 12/03/20

Lory State Park's Valley Trails | Lory State Park Fort Collins, CO | 12/03/20 | 8.58 miles | 820' gain Lory State Park might be super busy on summer weekends, but Thursday mornings in December offer a bit of solitude that isn't often found right outside Fort Collins. I took Lady up to hike some …

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