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