Colorado Springs, CO
July 8, 2014
The following description sure sparked our interest...
"Sometimes rocks erode vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth..."
Just south of Divide, CO (about 27 miles from our site) this kind of rock formation is called The Crags. Our morning (July 8) was planned!
|This is me...what an awesome place!|
But first, back at the beginning...right from the get-go, I knew this was going to be a great day. The smell of the forest filled the air and Rocky Mountain Columbine was in full bloom. As luck would have it, the sun poked out just long enough to get a few pictures of this beautiful flower. Last year, Joe's favorite was the dainty Mountain Harebell. This year, the Columbine wins out!
The only big climb is the first little bit...maybe 4 tight switchbacks...thru a forest of pine and spruce. There is evidence of a fire maybe 5 to 6 years ago...but I chose to see the new saplings and wildflowers.
|The narrow trail winds up a mountain in Pike National Forest.|
From the beginning, the trail hugs Four Mile Creek. As we climbed, we lost site of it, but we could hear it most of the way.
|Crossing Four Mile Creek at the beginning of the trail...|
Then the trail opened up...a wide-open grassy meadow, with a smaller Four Mile Creek, aspens, wildflowers, butterflies and rock outcroppings.
I wish photos could show the breeze blowing thru the aspens. I love watching the leaves dance. We could actually hear them dancing...the fluttering sounds like soft clapping.
We saw a nice variety of wildflowers...
|Alpine Mertensia Flowers|
|Dusky Beardtongue Flowers|
|Alpine Yarrow Plant|
|Shooting Star Flowers|
|There are a kazillion different kinds of white butterflies in the Rocky Mountains...I couldn't make a positive ID.|
And did I mention rock outcroppings?
And aren't these trees absolutely beautiful?
|The Crags...(my sunshield busted and I haven't replaced it.)|
Before we knew it, it was time to head back...even though the sky was blue, we saw dark gray clouds in the distance.
We hiked 5 miles round trip...an in and out trail.
We all agreed this was one of our favorite hikes.
If you are ever in this area and hiking is in your plans, you might want to check out www.cospringstrails.com.
So,until next time,
happy trails from Colorado Springs!
On the way home, just out of Divide, CO...the clouds were rolling in fast. Quite a thunderstorm too.