Green Mountain Falls Loop

Date: 5/6/2018
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 4 miles loop
Time: 2 hours
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny

We came back to Green Mountain Falls to try the new Mount Dewey and Bratton Trails. Along with a section of Catamount Trail and Hondo Avenue, they form a nice loop hike around the town.

Sammy On Bratton Trail

Future exploring around Green Mountain Falls may include figuring out whether the old Mt. Dewey trail has a connector to the Bratton trail, and the Felton Thomas trail to Crystal Falls.

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Catamount

Date: 4/29/2018
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 12 miles loop
Time: 8 hours
Weather: 50-70 degrees, sunny

The weather was great, so we took a longer route than originally planned this day. We started in Green Mountain Falls (GMF), and took the Catamount Trail up to South Catamount Reservoir in the North Slope Recreation Area of Pikes Peak. We started exploring a trail along the reservoir, and then decided to take Limber Pine Trail and make a loop around North Catamount Reservoir.

The weather was warm and calm, ideal conditions for hiking. I really enjoyed the long day. I had expected a loop around the North Catamount reservoir to include excellent views of the water with Pikes Peak in the background. But, in actuality, the trail is so far from the shore that the water is not in view most of the time.

South Catamount with Pikes Peak in background

The route which I took from North Catamount back to town is not recommended. There is a trail marked on my Pikes Peak Atlas. However, in this case I think the map is outdated. The trail was non-existent in sections, requiring bushwhacking and orienteering by topology. In other sections, the trail appears to be intentionally blocked by felled trees.

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Mount Ouray Attempts

Date: 11/11/2017 and 4/22/2018
Who: myself
Length: about 4 miles (2 out + 2 back)
Time: 2-3 hours
Weather: 30-50 degrees, sunny, snowy trail

Mount Ouray is a “thirteener”–a 13-thousand foot mountain–southwest of Poncha Springs and Salida, Colorado. (It is not near Ouray.) The east face of the mountain has a geographic feature known as the “devil’s armchair”. I have made two attempts to get to the summit of Mount Ouray, and both times was turned back by snowy conditions. Despite not making the summit, both attempts were fun hiking days. And, I have learned some lessons.

Mount Ouray East Face

The way to Mt Ouray

Lessons learned include:
– It’s ok to not make it to the summit. I still had a good day both times.
– Take snowshoes if there’s a chance you will need them.
– There was more snow on this trail in April than there was in November.
– O’Haver Lake is a nice little national forest campground.

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