Guides and Trips

Trips
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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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Middle Bald Mountain (11,002'), Killpecker Trail
by jimlarkey on Sep 30, 2015
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
Currently, Everytrail's server is not reading the metadata in the photos correctly, so it's useless for me to post my photos....ET randomizes, wrong lat/long, wrong camera info, wrong date/timestamp, etc.OK, ET server still sucks, but you can see my photos in correct order here, and even enjoy some music....thanks be to Google.
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Ranked Peak 9257 (9,257') - Sevenmile Creek
by jimlarkey on Sep 27, 2015
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.8 miles
Currently, Everytrail's server is not reading the metadata in the photos correctly, so it's useless for me to post my photos....ET randomizes, wrong lat/long, wrong camera info, etc.OK, ET server still sucks, but you can see my photos in correct order here, and even enjoy some music....thanks be to Google.Finally, check out the trip report of the author of the route to the summit of little-known Point 9257 here.  Even a snow...
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West Branch Trail Laramie River, Rawah Wilderness
by jimlarkey on Sep 25, 2015
Bellvue, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.9 miles
Currently, Everytrail's server is not reading the metadata in the photos correctly, so it's useless for me to post my photos....ET randomizes, wrong lat/long, wrong camera info, etc.But.....enjoy the color.
Chief Cheley Peak (12,804') - Mt Ida (12,880') Traverse, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Sep 08, 2015
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 11.2 miles
Currently, Everytrail's server is not reading the metadata in the photos correctly, so it's useless for me to post my photos....ET randomizes, wrong lat/long, wrong camera info, etc.OK, ET server still sucks, but you can see my photos in correct order here , and even enjoy some music....thanks be to Google.So I'm going to suggest that you go to either or both of my partner's websites for a trip report on this...
Piezo Igniter at Altitude, Sundance Mtn Summit (12,466')
by jimlarkey on Aug 26, 2015
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Some opinions suggest that piezo igniters are limited to 8,000' and below for reliable ignition of gas-fired canister stoves.  That may be true for igniters that are fitted on the canister cooker, but I've found that the hand-held piezo units are just as reliable as a Bic.  I tried MSR's Hand-held Piezo Igniter at an altitude far above what I would overnight at in the lower-48, well above tree-line.  You can view...
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West Maroon Pass, Schofield Park to Maroon Lake
by jimlarkey on Jul 08, 2015
Carbondale, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 10.5 miles
A hike in the rain and clouds, among the towering "Giants"....Maroon Bells massif on the left, Pyramid massif on the right.  A hiker feels pretty small in the valley of the Giants.We began out trek at Schofield Park, the West Maroon Trail TH.  Fortunately, Schofield Pass was clear of the snow-plug that blocked it the previous week.  We arranged for drop-off and pick-up shuttle service with Alpine Express.  Lex and JP did a...
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John Henry "Doc" Holliday, Linwood Cemetery
by jimlarkey on Jun 12, 2015
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
Walking | 2.6 miles
"This is funny."...the last words from a man who just had a shot of whiskey, and then passed on to the other side.  Doc Holliday's humor was his expectation to "die with his boots on"...never expecting to quietly pass away in a bed in the Hotel Glenwood.You can Google a lot about the life and times of this Georgia son, who died at an early age of 36, but lived a full...
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"Symbol Rock" (6,820'), Elliott Ranch, "Twin Mountain" (6.620'), Cherokee SWA
by jimlarkey on Jun 02, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.1 miles
Slow ET server...later
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"Symbol Rock" (6,820'), Elliott Ranch, Cherokee SWA
by jimlarkey on May 26, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.0 miles
Slow ET server...later
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"Turkey Roost" (7,734'), Cherokee Park
by jimlarkey on May 02, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.7 miles
"Turkey Roost" is a walk-up peak, perched on the east end of Cherokee Park, and offers great views of the Livermore foothills.  The area was rich in wild turkeys, and old-timers speak of bountiful turkey shoots.  The "wild" turkeys that are there today are a result of reintroduction, after extinction in the area.  The name "Turkey Roost" can be found on 1915 topo map; it's name was officially entered into the GNIS...
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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
Slow ET server...later
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Trout City
by jimlarkey on Mar 06, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Walking | 0.7 miles
Slow ET server...later

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