Monday, May 8, 2017

West of Bear Creek Hike

May 1st Monday hike took us to a big valley stopped by cliffs and steep hills.  Only a few traces of snow remained on the hills, shaded by big trees.  We were 16 (some said 17) hikers.  This "dead-end valley" is near South Fork, just west of Bear Creek.  It looks like a nice close-in place for tenting.  No water however.  

Our May 3rd hike will also be close in.  It will have you following deer trails above COLO 149, just a few miles up the road.  You'll enjoy your skill as we climb a bit, then walk along a series of the palisades we usually see from a car.  We'll be on top of the lowest of these, with very little stress.  I hope you'll enjoy the wonderful views of our fine scenery.  Start on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Visitor Center.  No need for ropes.  Please wear good boots, not tennis shoes.  
— Doug Knudson

Most of the 16 hikers

Startup of Piñon cones

Juniper flowers turning to soft cones

Cliffs block the trail

Springtime in the Rockies

Lunch spot ahead

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