Almagre Mountain

Date: 11/25/2012
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 13 miles
Time: 7 hours
Weather: cool, sunny

On Sunday, Sammy and I hiked up the east slope of Almagre Mountain, following N. Cheyenne Canyon Creek up to Stratton Reservoir. It was a steep, very difficult hike. I had tried, and failed, on two previous occasions to find the trail which starts near Nelson Camp. The trail is unmarked, but once located, it is not very difficult to follow. It is, however, very steep with no switchbacks. I’ll definitely have to go back again sometime when my camera is working to get some photos and video.

This hike started at the 4-way parking lot (GREEN pointer), followed the RED line to Nelson Camp, then the ORANGE line to Stratton Reservoir:

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Cookstove Mountain

Date: 11/18/2012
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 10 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Weather: 40-55 degrees, sunny

Cookstove Mountain is in South Cheyenne Canyon between Mount Rosa and Cheyenne Mountain. From the city, it looks like it might be just a crag on the East slope of Mt. Rosa, but it is a separate peak. The valley between Rosa and Cookstove is Buffalo Canyon.

We took the trail to St. Mary’s Falls, and kept going as if we were hiking up to Mt. Rosa. There is a small trail that turns off of the main trail, and goes down a few dozen feet to the creek, a campsite and a ruined log cabin. From the cabin up, I could no longer find an actual trail, even though my Pikes Peak Atlas has a trail marked. The route was not very difficult to find, although there are steep drop-offs to avoid near the summit.

I felt some weird vibes–difficult to describe–while on the summit. Maybe it was just nervousness from being near the cliffs. I have also seen this mountain called Stove Mountain. I wonder how it got its name?

This hike followed the BLUE line, then the short PURPLE line, and back:

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Date: May 27-June 1, 2007
Who: Michelle and myself
Time: 6 days
Weather: cool

This is a flashback post describing a trip to Monterey, California with Michelle a few years ago. I had to attend a work-related conference there and Michelle joined me.

Apparently, this was one of Michelle’s favorite vacations. A main highlight was the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Other highlights included a few hours in San Francisco, super-fresh-picked strawberries, kayaking on Monterey Bay, tandem biking, driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, and good food. I did attend the conference, really!

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