Like so many people during these times, we are itching to get outside whenever we can. After a cool and rainy Sunday, we had a very nice spring day for Memorial Day. We decided to take on the next challenge of “Decoding Douglas”, a series of hikes through open space parks in Douglas County. Each hike has a marker placed somewhere along it, with an emblem that reveals your next destination.
Today’s hike was at the Lincoln Mountain open space, east of Larkspur. This park has a couple of different options with reasonable length loop hikes. The terrain is easy going, with just enough elevation and scenery to keep it interesting. It looks like a good place for a bike ride later in the summer.
We chose a 4 mile loop up across the mesa and around the boundary of the park. It was a great day to be outdoors. The clouds started rolling in again toward the end of the hike, obscuring what looks to be a nice view of Pike’s Peak at the right time. We’ll keep looking for that moment.
We decided it was time to try to put the new car to a test, so we took our Saturday and drove up a jeep trail towards Weston Pass, between Fairplay and Leadville. The car handled fine, until we hit a 3 foot snow patch that we decided just wasn’t worth trying to cross. The east side of the pass is pretty tame, so we still haven’t been able to test the off-road capability. That will have to come later in the summer.
On the way back down, we stopped at the Rich Creek trailhead for a quick hike into the Buffalo Peaks wilderness area. We have never been, so it gave us a chance to find some new backpacking spots. Now we have another target on our camping list!
It was a beautiful spring day, so we decided to continue our exploration of the Douglas County open space parks. This time we headed to Larkspur and the Dawson Butte trail. It’s a five mile loop hike that is relatively flat, but yet provides some nice scenery of the foothills and surrounding terrain. The figure below shows the route.
The clouds rolled in and out, keeping it reasonable cool throughout the hike. The boys played along nicely, although Alex would have rather spent the afternoon riding bikes with some friends from school. He had a hard time masking his lack of enthusiasm in some of the pictures below.
Like most people around the country, we’re ready to move past the Coronavirus isolation and have some sense of normal activity. Days like this help, when we can get out and about and see something other than our immediate neighborhood. Hopefully you’re finding similar escapes and keeping yourselves safe and sane in the meantime.