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Saturday, July 29, 2006
Molly and I made our fourth visit, this season, to the Mount Evans Wilderness Area. This Time we hiked the Chicago Creek Trail from Echo Lake to Upper Chicago Lake. The hike was just over 10 miles with elevation gain of 1758'. Of the more than fifty miles we have hiked in this wilderness area, this is by far the most beautiful trail. Wildflowers, Recovering burn area, Sub-alpine forest, Tundra, Granite Cliffs and Natural Lakes cut by a glacier millennia ago, are some of what the hiker sees on this trek. The trail was busy today, but never seemed crowded with day hikers. We saw several overnighters setting up along the creek. Molly enjoyed watching the barking Marmots on the rocks above us as we ate lunch. We also found a Geocache (GCMA9E) Snowshoe Cache. We purposely passed on finding the other cache along this trail, as we would like to return this winter and hike this trail with snowshoes.
 A suburb day spent in the Colorado high country!

Posted by Craig
Saturday, July 22, 2006

As we continue to explore the Mount Evans Wilderness area, Molly and I climbed Mt Bierstadt (14,060) today. This is a popular 14er to climb as its only an hour drive from the city. The parking lot was full when we arrived at 7:30 am. At the summit I counted no less than 30 people. I like hiking in solitude so having so many people around  was a little distracting to me. Over all, it still was a good day spent with my favorite hiking partner. Found benchmark KK2029 on the summit.

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Molly and I joined Leann, Rachael and Rogue for a wonderful hike in the Mount Evans Wilderness area today. We hiked a combination of trails that took us on a loop through the Wilderness Area with a stop for lunch at Beartrack Lake. Molly and Rogue ejoyed playing todgether at the lake. Elk in velvet, Marmot and Blue Grouse are a few of the mountain residents we saw today. Stats: 12.5 Miles, 2340' Elevation Gain, 1 Beautiful day.

Posted By Craig
Monday, July 10, 2006
We just returned from 4 days of camping at Sylvan Lake, CO. We like to visit this State Park at least once a year to kick back, fish, hike and enjoy the surroundings. The fishing was a little slow this year but we still caught several nice rainbows. The lake can be busy with lots of people about so  when I get tired of seeing others, I throw on the pack and head out on one of the many trails in the area.  On our way to Sylvan Lake we stopped in Dillon, CO. to find a Geocache, (GC9310) Old Dillon Reservoir. We found the cache and enjoyed the hike to some great views of Dillon.

Posted by Craig
Monday, July 3, 2006

Around noon today I found myself close to Observatory Park in Denver and decided to check out the park and look for a Geocache. The last time I visited the observatory was when I was a boy, nearly 40 years ago. I first logged the Dome as a Benchmark (KK1707) then found the cache (GCPXTG) "On a Clear Night You Can See Forever". Note the lousy photo. I left my camera at home so I snapped this with my phone.

Posted by Craig
Saturday, July 1, 2006

Molly and I headed out to do some Geocaches on the Dakota Ridge today. I've been looking forward to checking out the "Dinosaur Trail". We did find two caches, "Dinosaur Ridge (GC4922) and Geologeocache (GCKEXC), But were unable to get to the actual Dinosaur display as some event had streets blocked off. I'll try again soon. I would like to see some Dino tracks.

Posted by Craig

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