Rocky Mountain Getaway – Day 1

This month included the opportunity to take off a few days of work for a 3 day getaway into the Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado areas. En route there, a hiking trip happened near Glenwood Springs to see Hanging Lake.

2017-06-15 Glenwood Canyon 01The mouth of Glenwood Canyon heading towards Hanging Lake. There’s a well-kept rest area with restrooms there. Word of advice: Bring water.

Surprisingly, vibrant pink rose bushes line the sidewalk towards the hiking trail. Despite the lovely flowers here, the consistent small waterfalls and creeks that spill over rocks the entire way up, you are going to hike hard and sweat a lot. So bring that water. And there were Marmots! I had never seen one before. Like little nerf footballs, with fur…and legs!

2017-06-15 Glenwood Canyon 05Parts of the trail up to and down from Hanging Lake were never flat and sometimes quite rocky.

2017-06-15 Glenwood Canyon 06The views become more canyon-like the higher you climb as you near the top and the lake. Most hikers will encourage you on as they descend, assuring you it’s worth it.

2017-06-15 Hanging Lake 01And then you arrive. After the strenuous hike, you’re not sure if you’ve just been transported to a tropical island somewhere. Truly, how can this be at the top of a mountain in the middle of Colorado?

2017-06-15 Hanging Lake 02Carbonate minerals dissolved in the water give the lake it’s coloration. I had to look that up as I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s the limestone or other factors, but I didn’t know what exactly produced that gorgeous water.

2017-06-15 Hanging Lake 03Small trout swim in the shallows against the current coming from the waterfalls and are hypnotic to watch when you’re catching your breath on one of the many wood benches that line the lakeside.

Time to Checkout and Go

A visit to my family in the mountain of North Carolina was called for. And there are times when you simply have to inform people you work with they will have to get along without you for a few days and just go.

 

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DuPont State Recreational Forest – View opposite Hooker Falls
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DuPont State Recreational Forest – Triple Falls
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Nantahala National Forest – Nantahala River
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Blue Ridge Parkway – Funnel Top Overlook
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Pisgah National Forest – Looking Glass Falls
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Pisgah National Forest – Blue Ridge Parkway – Pisgah Inn Restaurant View

I’m fortunate to venture between my current home in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains and my childhood home in North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Two very different mountains and communities, but home and family are always worth the travel, no matter which way the plane is heading.

A Short Hike on Empty

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A few photos to share from a recent hike up to Arthur’s Rock at Lory State Park outside of Fort Collins, CO.

 

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View of Horsetooth Reservoir from atop Arthur’s Rock.

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I do look forward to returning to hike this very trail again, but I started out on little sleep from the night before and not nearly enough hydration. Would try it again in a heartbeat though – beautiful views for days.