I went for a hike this weekend up at Mayflower Gulch near Copper Ski Resort. At the end of the trail is the Gold Crest Mine. The trail has several historical structures complete with weathered wood and rusted metal. There were plenty of mushrooms along the trail at the lower elevations, and lots of wildflowers at the higher elevations.
MAYFLOWER GULCH TRAIL
GOLD CREST MINE
THE HIKE BACK DOWN
I took a hike up to Silver Dollar Lake on Guanella Pass. There were plenty of wildflowers and mushrooms along the way. The weather cut the hike short, but I am very happy with the landscape that I got to see today. Here are some of the photos.
TRAIL TO SILVER DOLLAR LAKE
On Sunday night, Kurt Vatland performed at Be on Key Psychedelic Ripple. His original songs were gritty, real, heartfelt, and passionate. He has been writing more songs recently, which he refers to as Mountain Swamp Music. Don't miss your chance to see & hear him perform live around Denver. Check out his facebook page.
I took the hike up to Devil's Head Outlook, which is a very popular Colorado trail. About 40,000 people visit the Lookout station each year. The trail is about 1.5 miles to the top with an elevation gain of almost 1,000 feet. Here are some links if you are interested in checking out Devils Head: Alltrails / US Forest Service / Day Hikes Near Denver / Wikipedia
DEVIL'S HEAD TRAIL
DEVIL'S HEAD LOOKOUT
I eventually reached the top of the mountain. The Forest Ranger and his wife live in a house at the base of the rock. The final ascent in the hike are the 143-steps on the metal stairs that lead to the Outlook. Inside the station is Forest Ranger Bill Ellis, and at 85 years young, he is the steward of the surrounding forest (80 miles in any direction). He has worked there for over thirty years, and during that time has spotted 78 fires. His notes adorn the insides of the shack as a testament to his time and service. He uses the Osborne Fire-Finder (a giant compass) to triangulate where fires are located.
After thanking him for his willingness to answer my questions, I headed back down the metal steps. The hike down was enjoyable and didn't take long at all. I'm looking forward to the next time I return.
TORNADO BLOW DOWN (2015)
At the beginning of the trail, there is a section of trees that was blown down by an EF1 tornado in 2015. The signs advise to stay on the trail and not to explore in this area specifically as it is unstable.
As you go up the trail, there are benches along the way to stop and take a rest. There were quite a few mushrooms along the side of the path. I even found some Amanita Mascaria (Fly Agaric), the quintessential Smurf mushroom.
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
At one point in my hike, I stopped because I heard a noise. It was a woodpecker on a nearby tree. I was able to get one decent photo of him, and after reading online, I believe this is an American Three-Toed Woodpecker.
I took a drive up into Teller county today. I headed south of Cripple Creek on County Rd 88. This road is also known as "Shelf Road" for very good reason. Shelf Road begins in Squaw Canyon, which features the famous Cripple Creek (not the town, the actual creek). There were many impressive rock formations, and lots of sunflowers and Canadian thistle. The most dramatic and prominent feature of the drive was "Window Rock" which frames part of the blue sky within its rocky crag. On the way back to Cripple Creek (the town), I checked out the Morning Glory Ore House. I hope to get back to Teller county in the not-too-distant future.
CRIPPLE CREEK OVERLOOK
MORNING GLORY ORE HOUSE
Leon and Tia, two members of Canyon Collected, are embarking on a new tour as the duo named The Pickin' Pear. Before they leave Colorado, they jammed-out an epic three-hour set at Zuni Street Brewing. This is a relatively new brewery in the Highlands area of Denver. The Pickin' Pear began the show, and soon thereafter, the venue was full of people enjoying great beer and great tunes. Be sure to check their website, facebook, and instagram for updates on their tour schedule.
01. What Have You Done?
02. Let's Run
03. Will You Love Me As Much As I Love You?
04. Turn On Your Lovelight
05. Movie' Forward
06. Shelter from the Storm
07. As Long as I'm Going with You
08. Drunk Morning, Noon, and Night
09. Paradise Valley
10. Fresh Start
11. Quinn the Eskimo
12. Just When You Think It Can't Get Better, Then It Does
13. Maizey Mae's Amazing Maize Maze
15. 21st Century Blues
16. You Can Call Me Al
17. Uncle Tupelo song
18. Greatest Story Ever Told
19. Stain My Sheets
20. Summary So Far
21. Me & My Uncle
24. Whiskey Brain
25. The Shape I'm In
26. When I Paint My Masterpiece
27. Long Black Veil
28. Plenty of Time (Home is Where I Wanna Be)
29. What If
31. Postcards from hell
32. ??? Gravy Parade ???
33. Farther Than the Moon
34. Good-Hearted Woman
35. Get Up Jake
37. Wrong Road Again
The Pickin' Pear
Zuni Street Brewing Company
I went on a hike with a friend up to a popular trail in Colorado - Hanging Lake. This is located in the Glenwood Canyon. From the trailhead, it is about a mile to get to Hanging Lake - so it's not a long hike, but there is some major elevation gain. Hanging Lake is well-worth the effort to hike this trail. The lake is an aquamarine color due to limestone rocks. There are several old dead trees that extend into the water. Just above Hanging Lake is another pool with two waterfalls. Spouting Rock has a waterfall from the very top, and also has a waterfall that shoots out of a hole in the rock wall. The hike down was very enjoyable and we saw things that were not see on the way up. I can see why this spot is a popular destination in Colorado.
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