Mt. Esther , Ring the Peak, Mt. Moredecci, Crystal, Kirkpatrick to Wallace. Micah brought her compass. 7.6 miles today. Kids have done 25 miles of hiking this week. Lucky to live where we live with stay at home orders.
Nice hike up the still snow covered icy trail for a picnic lunch at the kids request for PE. The piles have finally been burned after two years. Kids practiced proper lunch spot selection. Both had to find and choose a proper hiking stick to get down the frankly treacherous trail. Micah learned a lesson of actually putting extra layers in her pack and that the standard temp lapse rate is 2 degrees per 1000’ elevation gain as well as fundamentals of wind chill. No assignments during spring break, but everything can be a learning experience. BTW my kids packed and carried my lunch, water, and utensils!
Late afternoon hike up the trail. Micah lit the stove with flint and steel. She had a snow day so we did wilderness school on cold weather survival. We were the only ones on the trail today. Great hike with the kids.
Fall colors last hurrah! Woke up to the forecasted snow. Got kids to school hit my OT appt. and about the time I was ready to go snow was accumulating. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but hoped for good color. Temp had dropped to 15 degrees, so I had layers which I shed on the way up to the trail head. I wore my winter boots and hiked mostly in a goose down vest and primaloft hat.there were no other tracks on the trail and ran into no one until descending. Broke trail entire way 4 “ inches on the way up 6” above 9000’. Took Ring the peak all the way to Crystal Creek Reservoir and took a side trail back to Mt. Moredecci on the way back making a lasso loop. This trail was pretty difficult between snow and all the piles of dead trees that have yet to be burned. I may have made a loop and found my tracks in the snow before getting oriented and reaching Moredecci. It didn’t help snowing being overcast and foggy. Great contrast beteeen snow and fall colors. Everything looks better with snow.
Nice stroll in the hood with the dog to check on the progression of fall. VERDICT: It’s late! Anyway started to see some change in the neighborhood. Cooler evening temps will help. Not much hiking lately unless you count red mountain and running the Intemann trail 3x/week helping out my girls’ xcountry team. Can’t afford a fall while the wrist recovers. Another 6 weeks before work release so I should get some fall hikes in.
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.!
Hike up to see fall colors. Colors good in neighborhood, but higher up this year the trees don’t seem to want to change. I’ll be surprised if the leaves don’t fall of first. A little snow flurries during the hike. Most of the snow from yesterday melted. Pikes Peak got six inches yesterday, but had yet to show itself. We got about 1-2” above 8000’
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.
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.
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!
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.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.