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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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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North Sterling State Park Mini-Hikes | Colorado | 04/18/20

Balanced Rock Trail | North Sterling State Park Sterling, CO | 04/18/20| 0.34 miles | 45' gain The goal was to find a place to hike with as few people as possible (due to coronavirus). Heading east (the opposite direction of the mountains) is a surefire way to avoid anything that could even resemble a …

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Lumberjack Loop | Colorado | 04/11/20

Lumberjack Loop | Lory State Park & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Portions of  the Mill Creek, Loggers, Sawmill, and South Valley Trails Bellvue, CO | 04/11/20| 6.04 miles | 1,012' gain (Okay, I totally made up the name of this loop, but with trail names like Mill Creek, Loggers, and Sawmill, it should be expected …

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Lory State Park Mini-Hikes | Colorado | 03/22/20

Colorado was nearing a full shutdown due to the coronavirus and we were in the preliminary stages of social distancing. The goal: find a trail without a ton of people, short enough that Kyle will agree to come with, preferably one I'd never done before, and oh yeah, 90% of trails are closed due to …

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Rattlesnake Gulch Trail | Colorado | 02/22/20

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park Eldorado Springs, CO | 02/22/20| 3.54 miles | 748' gain After our trip to sunny California and Arizona, it was a little rough coming back to Colorado winter. I met up with my friend Allie for a moderate hike to the Crags Hotel Ruins in Eldorado Canyon …

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