I absolutely love the mountains. And yet my soul sometimes yearns for the wide open expanse of the high plains, mesmerizing waves of grass in the prairie wind. I’ve found just the place to get my range fix. Pawnee National Grassland in northeastern Colorado is one of 20 national grasslands in the U.S. The Pawnee Buttes, rising 300 feet above the prairie, are the most awe-inspiring feature of the park. The Pawnee Buttes Trail hike transports you back in time a couple of hundred years to the days of the wild frontier.
Staunton State Park is home to one of the prettiest waterfalls in Colorado, Elk Falls, and is less than one hour from Denver. The Elk Falls Trail opened in 2017 and leads directly to the waterfall. Previously, the closest you could get to Elk Falls was Elk Falls Overlook.
Colorado Trail Segment 3, July 4, 2017
Shinglemill Trail to Rolling Creek Trailhead, 10 miles
40.7 total miles
As usual, I was the last to wake up, around 8 a.m. I heard Michael quietly moving about, and hoped I hadn’t kept him waiting too long. We chatted while we ate cold breakfasts (since we’d both ditched our camp stoves) — me, cold oatmeal and coffee and him, a granola bar and a handful of peanuts. Continue reading “Trail Stank and A Slice of Heaven – Colorado Trail Day 4”
July 3, 2017
Colorado Trail Segments 2-3
South Platte Canyon to just past Shinglemill Trail, 14 miles
30.7 total miles
On day 3, I awoke to find my backpack eyeballing menacingly from the corner of my tent. Bonnie’s boyfriend, Jeff, was picking her up this morning and I’d continue on solo. I was sad to see her go. On the other hand, she was taking the gear and food that I’d decided to ditch. Continue reading “Trail Angels and 7-Up – Colorado Trail Day 3”