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Hiking, including snowshoeing and caving adventures

The Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline

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The Incline is located in Manitou Springs and is a stair climb, about 1 mile along an old cable tram line route at an average of about 40% grade up to 68% or so, 2,000+ ft of elevation gain and then another few miles along a trail back to the bottom, whew! We sure felt the burn! It starts off at a more gradual grade but then gets steeper and steeper. It is definitely an intense workout, but if you take…

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Roxborough State Park – South Rim Trail

Roxborough State Park – South Rim Trail

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The South Rim trail is another must do hike at Roxborough State Park. This trail heads in the opposite direction of the trail that we had talked about in a previous post, but it also starts right at the visitor center. It is a 3 mile loop. The trail takes you up onto the outcroppings and along the rim so you get an entirely different view of the park, from above and a view along the entire length of the…

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Matthews / Winters Park

Matthews / Winters Park

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This day’s adventure actually started off with wanting to locate an open space park we had gone to years ago while visiting Denver. At that time, we had gone with a guide service to try out snowshoeing for the first time. Since we didn’t know the area very well back then and transportation was provided by the guide, we’re not entirely sure where we were. In our minds, we recall an open space park west of, but not too far…

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Castlewood Canyon State Park

Castlewood Canyon State Park

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We had picked up a brochure on the numerous Colorado State Parks, and marked the ones that we absolutely had to see. Castlewood Canyon State Park was one of our top picks, and not only because it is so conveniently located to the Denver metro area, but also because we’re definitely suckers for parks with rocky outcroppings, rivers, and canyons. And the park certainly didn’t disappoint. We started off by checking in at the visitor center in the east section…

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Triceratops Trail

Triceratops Trail

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Triceratops Trail is an about 1.5 miles out and back trail in Golden. This seems like the sort of place that would be pretty popular on a warm day. We were glad to have it all to ourselves. First you arrive at the clay pit overlook. From here you are able to walk down into the clay pit. This is where clay mining was done, so there are several long and narrow pits between sandstone walls in which dinosaur footprints…

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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On a beautiful sunny day, temperatures in the 50s, we went to check out Golden Gate Canyon State Park, which true to its name is located just west of Golden, so easy enough to get to. The drive in winds through the canyon, so you are treated to pretty views even before you reach the visitor center. Here we stopped to get some maps and then head off to the trailhead that was recommended to us, Horseshoe Trail. We had…

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First Colorado Cave

First Colorado Cave

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After not having gone caving in awhile, it was so good to get underground again! A fellow caver that we met at a local caving club meeting set up this day of caving. We approached the cave by walking down into a canyon, following the river down into the canyon, then back up again to the cave entrance. We spent several hours in the cave, climbing a rope to check out the top and then rappelling back down, then crawling…

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RMNP – The Loch

RMNP – The Loch

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The second time we went to Rocky Mountain National Park it was also an overcast snowy day. One of these days we’ll get out there when the weather is better and actually have the full spectacular views. As it was, the views were still pretty good, and at the end of the day the weather partially broke for us to see the mountains and a partial sunset. But I am getting ahead of myself. We again went to the Bear…

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South Platte Park

South Platte Park

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We’ve driven past the South Platte Park and reservoir many times. It’s right off of a main road so we’ve seen it from the car each time and have had it on our list of places to check out. It’s a nice easy walk by the reservoir, lakes, and along the South Platte River. You can see the foothills in the distance. There were a lot of other walkers, bikers, fishermen, and some dog walkers out and about as well….

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Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park

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Roxborough State Park is located just southwest of Denver. We were able to jet over there after work one evening and get a hike in before the park closed. We had looked at a neighborhood nearby since we’re currently starting our home buying search, and although those houses have amazing views, they are wedged in like sardines. So I don’t think we’ll buy in that area, but it’s nice to be able to visit the park. We walked the Fountain…

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