In October my husband and I went on our first trip to Colorado. While we did several things there, this post will only be about three of the small hikes we did. Being our first trip we decided to not spend so much time hiking as just discovering the state a little bit. We stayed in the town of Evergreen which is pretty centrally located and was a good home base for seeing things in every direction.
I have to say when we pulled up to Twin Lakes I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We didn’t actually hike this area as much as just standing there staring at it. There were trails, but we parked and went down to the beach area and just stood there looking at how beautiful it was. It was fall and the colors were probably at peak or maybe just past it.
I found the area when I googled ‘Colorado ghost towns‘. It was a really neat little town. There is an art gallery and a couple of restaurants and some abandoned buildings. This little cabin was my favorite.
Alberta Falls is located in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a short 1.8 mile hike from the parking lot. For me it was pretty easy. Not really any significant hills that I remember except when you are almost back to the parking lot. My Alltrails map is here. We arrived later in the day for this one due to the horrendous traffic because of the road construction.
Be WARNED when you are heading up to the park and be sure to check the road construction or you will be in for a rude awakening. The drive was, however, still beautiful.
This trail was gorgeous and the Aspen trees were so beautiful.
The waterfall was nice. It was not really a huge fall at all, but the hike to it made it worth it. I wish we had spent more time in the park. A trip back to just do park hikes will have to be planned.
This one was solo. My husband opted to stay home and watch the Auburn game. Meh. Football is not my thing and it is especially not my thing when we are on vacation. So, I gladly went on this one by myself.
This was the hardest hike I did the entire time. The town of Evergreen’s elevation sits right around 7,220 feet and the peak of Evergreen Mountain is 8,536. So, while I did gain a lot in the 6.6 miles of the hike, it really did not seem as difficult as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I stopped a lot. But, then again, I always stop a lot so it just seemed like a normal hike to me and wasn’t anything worse than what I had already done here in Tennessee. Altitude did play a role as I could tell my breathing was a little heavier than normal, but other than that it was a pretty normal hike.
There were plenty of other hikers, but there were MORE mountain bikers than hikers and that was surprising. I had to, literally, get out of the way several times.
My Alltrails recording is here.
This was the Summit. When I got to the top there was one person..a mountain biker of course. I proclaimed ‘bagged my first peak in Colorado’ and threw my arms up in the air. He looked at me and laughed and said ‘no, no you didn’t. It’s over there’ and pointed about 50 feet away. I said ‘dadgumit’ and ran over and made my proclamation again. He laughed again and we talked for a few minutes before he headed off down the mountain.
At the point you get down to level ground you will take the Wild Iris Loop back to the parking lot. This beautiful final walk was the perfect ending to a really nice hike. The walkway crosses over the road and directly to the parking lot.
Our trip was wonderful and I have a lot of material for more blog posts, but I wanted to go ahead and post about the hiking specific outings a full three months after the trip. Whoops.
Here’s to Hiking!