Guides and Trips

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Rabbit (aka Rattlesnake) Mountain Open Space, Lyons
by jimlarkey on Mar 17, 2015
Longmont, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles
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Trout City
by jimlarkey on Mar 06, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Walking | 0.7 miles
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LaPlata Trailhead S Fork Lake Creek
by jimlarkey on Mar 05, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Snowshoeing | 2.9 miles
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Midland Railroad Grade (Historic)
by jimlarkey on Mar 04, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.5 miles
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Collegiate Peaks Campground Loop
by jimlarkey on Mar 03, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Cross-country skiing | 4.5 miles
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Clear Creek Ranch, Granite CO
by jimlarkey on Mar 02, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Cross-country skiing | 6.3 miles
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Holzwarth Trout Lodge (Historic), RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 15, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Snowshoeing | 1.3 miles
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Onahu Trail, Kawuneecke Valley, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 15, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Snow-fleas...that's our discovery on this hike. Actually my partner discovered them.  Biggest ones are about 3 mm.  I never saw them along the trail.  An interesting article in Wired Mag can be found here.A word about this trail: all the maps including the trail-head map do not show the route correctly.  The ranger confirmed that the NPS maps do not show the trail crossing the Onahu Creek.  The trail does cross the...
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Shadow Mountain (Echo Mtn) Lookout - Aborted, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 14, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
"No cigars"!....but we'll be back.Trail conditions deteriorated as we got higher, and the morning sun warmed the snow pack....lot of post-holeing.  Got within a little over a mile of the old fire tower.The fire tower was listed in 1978 National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination form makes for interesting reading.Still, it was a nice day, and good to stretch our legs.
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Ranked Peak 6945 (6,945'), From Seaman Reservoir
by jimlarkey on Feb 07, 2015
Poudre Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.2 miles
70° weather in the middle of February....what a day for a hike!  Ranked Peak 6945 is a walk-up that is easily accessed from the Seaman Reservoir, with parking at the TH, City of Fort Collins Gateway Open Space.Once you leave the fisherman trail on the west side of the Reservoir, you'll off-trail for the remaining two miles to the soft, gentle summit.  Pick a ridge to follow, and you'll enjoy the views around you,...
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Indian Caves, Pawnee National Grassland
by jimlarkey on Jan 18, 2015
Raymer, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
The Indian Caves are part of the Pawnee National Grassland, a high plains managed by the USFS.  They are located in the easterly unit, on a 150' escarpment, a cliff which separates the upper plateau with a flat cap rock, from the low plains (Colorado Piedmont) which has eroded away over time.I had just finished reading "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend", so...
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Castle Rock (6,139'), South Table Mountain
by jimlarkey on Dec 07, 2014
Golden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
Castle Rock...there are at least 20 Castle Rocks in Colorado.  So what is different about this one?In 1906, an entrepreneur built a cafe on the top,overlooking Golden below.  Guest either hiked up the north slope, or rode a burro to the summit.  A year later the cafe burned down.Another entrepreneur in 1908 built a new cafe, and serviced the facilities with a burro train and road.  A Stanley Steamer was the first...
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Lake Hartenstein (11,451'), Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
by jimlarkey on Nov 09, 2014
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.3 miles
Four years ago when I climbed Mt Yale, I noticed a sign at the junction of Denny Creek and Delaney Creek that indicated Hartenstein Lake to the left.  Our goal was to the right...a Fourteener on our mind.  But I always wanted to return to explore the lake.The trail to Hartenstein Lake is well-maintained, as makes for a good Sunday walk.  It appears to be well used by equestrians.Hartenstein Lake lies just...
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North Loop, BV Trails
by jimlarkey on Nov 08, 2014
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Walking | 2.1 miles
The North Loop is an easy walking trail, part of the Barbara Whipple Trail, in the Buena Vista Open Space Trail system.It was a great day to view the Collegiates, and to take comfort that I have been on the summits of all the Fourteeners I could see.  And, I could share those experiences with my grandson, who was my hiking companion today.The Barbara Whipple Trail is on the east side of,...
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Half Mountain (11,482'), RMNP
by jimlarkey on Nov 06, 2014
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.8 miles
Half Mountain is one of those peaks that tantalizes you from the trails down below, it for another day.  Well, the north slope is pretty much a walk-up, classified as a Class-2 climb.  The west face is a bit more daunting it for another day!We had great weather, and could spend plenty of tome on the summit.  Great views of Rocky, and definitely worth the effort, since you're unlikely to...
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Ranked Peak 7509 + Extra Credit "Cubbie" Mtn
by jimlarkey on Nov 01, 2014
Lyons, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
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Ranked Peak 7012 (7,012')
by jimlarkey on Nov 01, 2014
Lyons, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
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Arthurs Rock (6,780'), Lory State Park
by jimlarkey on Oct 23, 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Walking | 3.4 miles
A popular, and well used trail by Fort Collins locals, Arthurs Rock is well worth the +1,200' vertical.  At the summit, you'll be treated to a view of where it all begins...the Larimer foothills, transition between the plains and the mountains.
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Big Bend
by jimlarkey on Oct 04, 2014
Kinikinik, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.3 miles
"Bump" is the creative name Joe Grim gave to this +1,400' vertical, whose "thunder" was stolen by the neighboring 9980 ranked peak. The Big Bend, is the major change in course of the Cache la Poudre river, above which the "Bump" rises. The summit of the "Bump" also has the distinction of most northerly corner of the Comanche Peak Wilderness boundary. And it offers the hiker some great views of the...
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Longdraw Ranked Peaks, Pts 10820, 10980, 10736, & 10472
by jimlarkey on Sep 24, 2014
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.4 miles
These minor 10er ranked peaks were 100% off-trail, with modest dead-fall in the lower elevations. As minor as these peaks may be, they were visited by some very significant mountaineers. The baby-food jar summit registers logged visits by Ken Nolan 09/10/11, Teresa Gergen 07/17/10, John Kirk 09/18/11, Carolyn Randall 08/14/07, Steve Martin 08/14/07, and many other noteworthy Northern Colorado climbers.We got some great early Fall views of Corral Park, with...

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