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Mt Esther Trail, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > South
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,995 feet
Elevation Gain 1,411 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,886 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 12.98
Interest Historic & Peak
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17  2019-07-17
Crystal Creek Reservoir via Mt. Esther trai
3  2018-11-04 MtnBart01
5  2018-10-09 MtnBart01
4  2017-09-27 MtnBart01
3  2016-11-22 MtnBart01
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Nice hike in Ute pass in Cascade/Chipita Park which in itself is a destination, but also links up to Ring the Peak trail which is a 57 mile trail around Pikes Peak with numerous other trail links.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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    Most recent of 30 deeper Triplog Reviews
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    Crystal Creek Reservoir via Mt. Esther trai
    Hike up to reservoir after hearing they were draining it to do dam repairs. Lot’s of buzz in the hood about how hard Falls are running because of the release. It will be finished draining this week and who knows when it will be filled. I carried my 4 year old less than .5 miles of an 8.5 2200’+ AEG hike which is great ‘cause he is well over 40 lbs.!
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    Colors last weekend prime between Silverton and Durango making annual family train trip awesome. Colors need a week or more at top of Mt. Esther. Apparently, some extensive forest thinning going on as there are 6 foot tall piles of cut down trees every 15 or twenty feet in every direction or a colony of Bigfoot? Feet have moved in and started a colony at the top of Mt Esther.
    Plan on trying Dome Rock in between drop off and pick up of kindergartner when the weather improves.
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    Bear's first winter hike. 70lbs and not even 6 mo. old. Took him up first lap to see what he would do. I think he likes it.
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    50's and raining and would you believe I got the trail to myself. I was pretty wet by the time I got to the top, but I caught a break in the rain. Walked up the meadow and waded through waist deep wet grass to the grotto to check out the trees. Maples and all the other smaller bushes along the trail turned yellows and reds virtually overnight. In fact, in hundreds of times up this trail I don't think I've noticed the variety of other plants besides flowers and the pine trees. May have to go a little farther tomorrow to check out the other stands. The stand at the intersection of Mt E and RTP looked pretty good with the contrast of over cast sky.
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    X2 while Noah napped on my back. Woke up and ran around at the top on lap two. A senior hiking group 20+ came by and all had to say hi to him. Then a guy and his kid and dog who was at the trailhead when I started came up as well as some DB named Hiking Bob (at least that's what his spare tire cover said as he sped by us when we were walking to the trailhead) finally made it to the top 20 minutes later. I only note this because he was trying to argue the sticks laid down by the entrance Mt. Mordechai trail where it intersects Ring the Peak constituted a closure. Because he builds trails for a living and hiked??? miles last year. I would be impressed if I didn't happen to know mine. That's right he used hiking stats to try to convince me of his expertise. I kind of laughed and I pointed out that Severy Creek is clearly closed with signs and that I suspected the sticks were laid there because people hiking or Mt. Biking were taking a wrong turn. In fact sticks and brush are used to define this trail all the way to the top instead of cairns and all the way to the toll road. I pretty much walked away and hopped on the trail. After Bob showed up at the top and headed toward Crowe Gulch after being told by the dad that there was 20+ elderly hikers that might be impressed by his stats and blogging infamy, I then ran into some other locals before going down who were on their way to the Mordechai trail. When I asked them they said they were told that those were put there because Mt. Bikers doing ring to peak clockwise were taking this trail in error. They do the same thing where 638 connects to Barr Trail to keep casual hikers from getting lost since 638 will take them to Cascade instead of down Barr trail to their cars. I guess Hiking Bob is a legend in his own mind and I certainly won't be getting an I hiked with hiking Bob sticker. This has to be the oddest workout hike ever, but I enjoyed some time with my boy!
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    Daddy daycare. Micah hiked the entire way hanging on a pocket on the way down to minimize slips on the steeps. Carried Noah and Micah's small pink pack on my chest strap of the Boba with the water. Had a little picnic at the fire pit. Noah was being a little mean on the way down grabbing a handful of Micah's hair when the opportunity arose. True siblings.
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    Nice little hike and walk with Bernat afterwards. Teaching him to drink from a hydration pack. Winds out of the east blowing fog up the pass. On the way down when I hit the fog temps dropped from 70 to 50. Sunny and nice worked on my sandal tan on the way up. Looks like several weeks before fall colors at our elevation. The stands of aspen along the trail look great this year.
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    Pikes Peak Pumpkin loop
    I don't need no stinking shuttle or Pumpkin loop revised to be a little less pumpkin

    Took this off the calendar mainly because of smoke from all the forest fires burning in the area. It became apparent half way up Heizer that although it was clear at the house the winds were blowing smoke into the Springs and consequently the first few Miles of the Barr trail which made it kind of hard to breath. Once I got above the treeline it was better. I'm not going to lie even w/ adjustments so it's not off trail it's a pumpkin. It could be done as a two or three day depending on your aversion to death marches. There is camping at the Barr camp and a sign that says no camping w/ in 100' of the trail so I guess you could forgo the overnight fee at Barr Camp and still use the toilets for free if you wanted to. Also, camp sites all around The crags trailhead and camp ground, as well as Ring the Peak.

    Above the treeline it was nice lots of Marmots, Flowers, and green. The views along the Ring to Peak which I missed when I did this counterclockwise are great. Views of the other side of Pikes Peak Most people don't see as well as views of the continental divide coming down the crags.
    It was pretty hot along the ring to peak and I filtered 48 ounces on top of the 80 ounces I brought and the 16 ounce Gatorade I drank up top. Used it all. Nice hike I probably won't do again for awhile.

    Hike basically follows Heizer trail to 638 which comes out across the sign 7.8 to summit on Barr to crags down and Ring the Peak to Mt. Esther. Pretty easy to follow well marked. Last half mile to Barr on 638 is in pretty bad shape and the crags trail coming off the ridge to the treeline is washed out in several places and slick especially on tired legs.
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    Noah was my copilot. Seems the hot temps and recent rains messed up the wild strawberries. They are either shriveled or green, but don't appear to be developing to the eating stage. I found one. If forecasts hold I am hoping to bust out the second annual Pikes Peak pumpkin loop next week. The recent heat wave has opened Pikes Peak to the snowless hiking season.
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    X4 Icy 20's and the legs were tired from playing chairlift for my snowboard grommet this morning on the backyard hill. Still better than walking or skating on the Galveston Sea Wall. This year it's snowboarding and the toboggan. Last year we had to improvise thanks to the dry snow and dad forgetting to hand me down the family toboggan. :) The back yard has been great for Micah to practice, but I may have improvise a rope tow if I have to keep dragging her up the hill 15 to 30 times a day when I'm home.

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    To hike
    Colorado Springs to the 24 past Manitou Springs to Ute Pass turn left at the light at Cascade keep right at the Pikes Peak highway sign following Chipita Park rd. 1.5 miles. Turn left on Picabo and turn left on Mtn. rd. Trailhead on the right.
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