Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 10 miles
Time: 4.8 hours
Weather: 30-40 degrees, mostly cloudy
This was our first winter hike in the mountains this season. (What have I been doing?) We had a good time on one of my favorite trails. From the 4-way parking lot in North Cheyenne Canyon Park, we hiked up Gold Camp Road, Seven Bridges trail (622) to Jones Park, then trail 667 west through Jones Park to where it meets trail 701. Our lunch/turnaround spot was about 2/3 of the way to Lake Moraine. I’d like to visit Lake Moriane sometime. That will be a long day–I estimate it will be about an 8 hour round-trip hike from the 4-way.
The trails today were in good shape for Winter–not much snow or ice, with no need for gaiters or spikes. We saw about 20 people out on the trail today (not many, but more than I expected). Sammy really enjoyed the snow today, acting like a real “clown”. She also met several other friendly golden retrievers. On the return, we hiked around the north side of Mt. Kineo for a little variety.
This hike followed the YELLOW line, plus the BLUE addition west.
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