Sunday, May 17, 2009

Colorado Trail 2

Hiked the Colorado Trail again this weekend -- 36 or so miles from the Buffalo area to Kenosha Pass. Got to try out that new gear. Spent one night out, and it rained hard. My new Big Agnes tent did well. It does have a serious design flaw, which is that water goes straight down into the tent when you open the fly -- this is a big enough deal I may consider returning it. All in all, moving to a 10 pound or so base weight is pretty great.

The highlight for me was the Lost Park area:

Then after the Lost Creek Wilderness some beautiful views:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Colorado Trail 1

Took a long hike on the Colorado Trail. I misread the maps completely and ended up doing 33 or so miles on Saturday -- a few too many! Luckily I had a huge sandwich:

Waterton Canyon is interesting for all the Denver Water structures, culminating with two incredible caretaker homes:

Sorry, I mean culminating in Strontia Springs Reservoir:

But those caretaker homes were pretty impressive.

I also saw the mighy Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti):

The trail was well graded and well marked. If I hadn't misread the maps, I would have done only 25 miles and had an easier day.