Guides and Trips

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Aspen Arch NOT, Fourmile Creek Travel Area, Buena Vista
by jimlarkey on Jul 25, 2016
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles
The moral of the story is to do your homework BEFORE you leave for the trail.Last fall, while hiking in the FourMile Creek Area, I learned that not too far from the Swede's Tie Camp, a natural granite arch called Aspen Arch on the NABS website, was accessible.  So after packing, I quickly grabbed the coords and plugged them into my GPSr.We easily accessed the ridge-line (10,200') from the Tie Camp and...
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Sundance Mtn (12,466'), Trail Ridge Rd
by jimlarkey on Jul 14, 2016
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
ET server sux....later.
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Caribou District (Historical) Peaks, Nederland
by jimlarkey on Jun 26, 2016
Nederland, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.8 miles
Interesting hike.  Tagged 6 little "bumps" of some significance: 5 of which are named, 1 of which is "ranked" and 1 of which is un-named "soft-ranked".Caribou Hill 10,502'Klondike Mountain (Ranked) 10,770'Bald Mountain 10,502'Pomeroy Mountain 10,060'Point 10260 (Soft-ranked) 10,260'Boulder County Hill 10,220'The Caribou District is an old mining area above Nederland that dates back to the 1860's, when a prospector named Conger discovered gold in one of the streams.  You'll encounter many old...
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Michigan River Loop, State Forest State Park
by jimlarkey on Jun 11, 2016
Walden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.6 miles
Goal was the American Lakes bowl, but ran into 'tween snow...snow that is between seasons.  Soft, mushy, melting, only good for the seasonal runoff.  So, made lemonade when your dealt lemons, and walked the Michigan Ditch.But the high-point was on the trip back.  Stopped at Manhattan (historic) to visit the cemetery and look for a specially named tree (the name is not appropriate).  The road sign has been removed, so it took...
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Steinhoff Hill (6,310'), Larimer Foothills
by jimlarkey on Jun 06, 2016
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.7 miles
Steinhoff Hill is 480 acre plot that is part of Colorado's 3-million acre Land Trust Program, leasing of which benefits CO's K-12 school system. The Steinhoff Hill parcel is open to hikers year-round. Steinhoff Hill is a great day-hike area, and would be a great family off-trail adventure. There are no trails, but there are no trees (except for a couple of cottonwoods in the gulch) so visibility on the ridge-line is excellent for orientation.  Just a lot...
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Chalk Bluffs, Pawnee National Grassland
by jimlarkey on Apr 28, 2016
Grover, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.5 miles
One of the most interesting hikes on the High Plains that will stimulate your imagination. What caused the 300-foot “step” in elevation at the Chalk Bluffs? Why are there no trees on the Plains, but clustering of conifers in the canyons of the Bluffs? Where did the “Chalk” come from? Our hike entered private land at several points. Our hike leader got permission from the ranchers, so if you follow, please respect the rancher's land and...
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Mt Galbraith (7,260'), Golden
by jimlarkey on Apr 22, 2016
Golden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
Mt Galbraith is JeffCo's first hiker-only park. The trail, and junctions are well marked, and maps are provided at the trailhead. We took the Cedar Gulch trail to Mt Galbraith Loop trail. Funny thing is that the Loop trail does not take you to the high-point of Mt Galbraith. We found a social trail that led to the summit. Nice views of N & S Table Mountain, and the Plains. Clear Creek Canyon is below. From...
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Mt Zion (7,059'), Point 7180, Golden
by jimlarkey on Apr 22, 2016
Golden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.5 miles
What's special about these two bumps? Pretty short hike, only +500' vertical, and nice views of Golden, both Table Mountains, and Lookout Mountain. Pick your day right, and you'll see the Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is action, just above Windy Saddle. Get to the trail-head early, before the newcomers and tourist make their way up Lariat Loop Road to Buffalo Bill's Grave, and you'll be awed by the longboarders in leather that wind their way down the asphalt road....
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Lookout Mountain (7,414'), Colorow Hill (7,580'), Golden
by jimlarkey on Apr 04, 2016
Golden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.3 miles
Lookout Mountain, where Buffalo Bill's grave-site is located, and Colorow Hill, the site of the Boettcher Mansion and Lookout Mountain Nature goal was to tag the “Lookout Mountain” highpoint detailed in LoJ. The Chimney Gulch trail-head off of Hwy 6 was closed due to construction, so we started 1-mile further up, where the trail crosses Lookout Mountain Rd. The trail is well marked, well used, and easy to follow. As you near the top, you'll come to a...
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Sugarloaf Mountain (8,917') X2, Boulder
by jimlarkey on Mar 28, 2016
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
Many times I've driven on the Diagonal Highway for our “Boulder fix” (can't afford to live there), and noticed the pyramidal shaped peak on the skyline. Didn't know anything about it, so I took a photo of it and a bearing from the commuters parking lot in Niwot, and with the help of Caltopo's wire-frame option, ID'd it as Sugarloaf Mtn...maybe. Long story short...Sugarloaf is part of Boulder's popular Switzerland Mountain Bike Trail system. Fortunately, we were there on...
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Cheyenne Rim Loop, Red Mountain Open Space
by jimlarkey on Mar 12, 2016
Wellington, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles
Never get tired of the Red Mountain Open Space walks.  Added a little different twist to the Rim walk.  There's never a bad day in Red Mountain.Other trips to the Rim that I've made include "Lookout Point", and the full Rim route.
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Hancock Road, Saint Elmo, Bromley (historic)
by jimlarkey on Feb 10, 2016
Nathrop, Colorado, United States
Back-country skiing | 5.2 miles
We missed the mark on this one...should have gone a 1/4 mile further.  The Mary Murphy Mine had 2 aerial tramways that brought ore down from Chrysolite Mountain to the Denver, South Park & Pacific railhead.  We passed the first and saw the ore hopper.  Should have gone a 1/4 mile further and we would have seen the old tramhouse, resting on the side-slope of Chrysolite Mtn.
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Ranked Peak 9166 (9,166'), Flowers Road
by jimlarkey on Jan 23, 2016
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles
I've never been on the lower end of the old Flowers Road or Stove Prairie, so this trip was an interesting area to explore.  If your interested in the life & times of the old road's namesake, Jacob Flowers, there is an interesting read here.  "Stove Prairie".... well some locals say that when the early settlers were traveling west in their wagons, they saw the Great Divide ahead, and lightened their load...
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Ranked Peak 8722 (S. Slope), Granite Ridge
by jimlarkey on Nov 23, 2015
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.8 miles
My goal was to complete the Granite Ridge Trail, but the snow was too deep on the ridge to do in just plain hiking boots.  So I did get to Granite Ridge, and decided to revisit an old friend, Ranked Peak 8722....this time from the saddle on the S'ly slope.My last visit to the summit of 8722 was in the spring of 2013, and I remember the deep snow that we encountered...
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Chuffy's Choice, Granite Ridge Trail, Lady Moon
by jimlarkey on Nov 14, 2015
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, United States
Walking | 3.1 miles
As the title says "Chuffy's Choice"...always something new.  First "crunching" of the snow this season.
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Davis Meadow, "Swede's Tie Camp", Fourmile Creek Travel Area
by jimlarkey on Nov 08, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.2 miles
The high point of the hike in the Fourmile Area was exploring the Colorado Midland's Railway (CMR) Swede's Tie Camp.  You'll find the remnants of a 1886 logging camp, that provided ties for the new CMR standard gauge track that connected Colorado Springs to the booming mining towns like Aspen, and Leadville to the north.The CMR entered a highly competitive market, with 2 narrow gauge railroads D&RG and DSP&P already serving Buena...
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"Horse Thief Roost" Gulch, Creedmore Lakes
by jimlarkey on Oct 30, 2015
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.6 miles
This was a fun trip for my partner and I, searching for the "Horse Thieves' Roost", described in Lafi Miller's book "Those Crazy Pioneers: With the Life and Times of Lady Moon".  We did not find it, but we had a fun time exploring the Creedmore Lakes area.Lafi Miller indicates the location as " North and east of Creedmore Lakes, about one-half mile from the North Fork of the Poudre River and...
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Chuffy's Choice, Parvin Lake
by jimlarkey on Oct 16, 2015
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, United States
Walking | 3.3 miles
Chuffy's choice....his fall color hike in the Red Feathers Lake area.
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North Lone Pine Trail Segment, Jct with FSR 333
by jimlarkey on Oct 13, 2015
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.8 miles
Just an opportunity to stretch our legs after the bumpy ride up to Deadman Hill Lookout.  We'll be back for the remainder of the trail.
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Deadman Hill, Fire Tower, SNOTEL, Summit, Lookout
by jimlarkey on Oct 13, 2015
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Sightseeing | 6.6 miles
Our goal was to explore the Deadman Hill area, so most of the track represents windshield time.A bit about the name "Deadman": yes there are stories about fatal events on this hill.  But early wagon freighters used this trail to get over Deadman Pass to carry materials from the Livermore valley into the Larimie valley. "This was a common term in the early days to someone who hauled supplies and equipment over...

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