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Holly B. on Buckhorn Loop (Captain Jack's Front...
We had a lot of fun hiking up high drive and then to mount buckhorn. Great views! Very windy today. Highly recommend for new hikers!
First of all, I would not classify this as "light" traffic. Crossed paths with people coming and going constantly. Maybe on a weekday but on the weekend there was nowhere to park in the afternoon, had to walk up the pavement from the Helen hunts lot, then another mile or two just to get to the trail head. This is a hugely popular spot, get there super early or wait til early evening. The trail itself I would classify as easy-moderate but I'm a native. My wife from out east was sucking air the whole way up and would probably classify it as super-hard. Probably one of the better hikes so close to the city but be prepared for a steep climb and a pre-hike before getting to the trail head down gold camp road. Leave the kids at home for this one.
This is great for a quick hike. I've even left work on an afternoon in summer and gone up/back in around two hrs. Very convenient access, although parking crowds up on weekends in summer. Be careful on the rocks of the upper part, esp. with kids, it can be slippery on way down.
Another nice trail in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. I parked at the lot near the Discovery Center, plenty of parking on a Wednesday. I planned to hike the lower and middle sections of this trail and then head back, but I found no sign showing the start of the upper section. I ended up hiking the whole trail in an hour and a half(one-way). That was at a fast pace, so may take longer. With daylight getting scarce, I decide to just walk down the road back to my car, knowing that the last half of the return hike would be totally dark. Near the parking area to of Mt. Cutler I started talking with a nice guy, and he offered to drive me back down to my car. Nice hike, great people.