Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Date: 4/7/2013
Who: Michelle and myself
Length: about 4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny

Michelle and I spent a nice couples weekend at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. It was great to spend time together and relax! The facilities have been improved since our last visit a few years ago. There is now a spa, more pools, new cabins, a remodeled lodge, and other upgrades. We stayed two nights in the lodge, spent much time in the pools and the stream, attended yoga class, and had a treatment at the spa. It is remarkable to be able to sit in the hot pools right along an ice-cold snow-melt mountain stream.

We marveled this weekend over the recent birth of my brother’s second child, Finnegan. He is a healthy beautiful boy, and we congratulate Chance and Erin!

Sunday morning we went for a walk on the Narrow Gauge Trail, a few miles up the road from the resort.

This hike followed the RED line:

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Rainbow Trail

Date: 5/30/2012
Who: Michelle, Sammy and myself
Length: 5 miles (2.5 out + 2.5 back)
Time: 3 hours
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

The Rainbow Trail forms a 70 mile arc, starting in the San Isabel forest somewhat near Salida, following the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, to Westcliffe. I believe it is popular with mountain bikers. We hiked a few miles of it from a trailhead off of Hwy 285 south of Poncha Springs and heading east.


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South Fooses Creek

Date: 5/29/2012
Who: Michelle, Sammy and myself
Length: 3 miles (1.5 out + 1.5 back)
Time: 2 hours
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

This is a relatively level hike that follows Fooses Creek through the forest. We enjoyed the forest sights and sounds, and Sammy enjoyed the creek. The road to the trailhead is somewhat rough. The trail would be fun for hikers of any ability. This is a segment of the Colorado Trail. One could continue on it for miles, up to the Continental Divide and beyond.


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