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    Botany 007 added Twin Rock Trail

    15 days ago

    Botany 007 saved Red Mountain

    16 days ago

    Botany 007 reviewed Phantom Canyon Road

    19 days ago

    Nice, easy scenic drive. I drove it south to north and the traffic wasn't too bad on Saturday. The first 4.3 miles headed south to north is actually paved, and the rest of the drive north on this gravel road is easy - not even that many washboarded areas. Any car in halfway decent shape can make it. It's nothing like the eastern half of Gold Camp Road, which will bounce a sedan or other low-clearance vehicle all over the place.

    The aspens really pick up as you get withing 10 miles of Victor and are peaking or just past peak as of Saturday, 9/29/2018. There is plenty of color in the southern portion of the drive too, you just have to look up along the canyon faces to see the red and yellows. The traffic wasn't bad either - probably saw a car every 5 minutes.

    The bridges are cool, and I bet the canyon is something else during Spring after a a winter of heavy snowfall and Phantom Creek is really flowing.

    Botany 007 added Phantom Canyon Road

    19 days ago

    Botany 007 completed Phantom Canyon Road

    19 days ago

    Botany 007 saved Phantom Canyon Road

    19 days ago

    Botany 007 saved Cheesman Canyon

    19 days ago

    Botany 007 reviewed Visitor Center To Twin Rocks Trail

    24 days ago

    This is a nice, peaceful hike to the eastern park boundary of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument from the visitor center. The trails are well-maintained and easy to follow.

    The trail begins at the visitor center and follows Hornbeck Wildlife trail for the first mile, then turns left (north) and continues on Twin Rocks Trail to the park boundary. The only difficult part of the trail occurs once you past the main road from the visitor's center on Hornbeck Wildlife Loop headed up to the junction of Twin Rocks-Shooting Star Trail, where you climb nearly 300 feet over 0.5 miles. At 2 miles from the visitor center you'll cross a footbridge and go right (east) along a stream and wetland system for the remaining 1.3 miles. When you reach the 3 mile mark you'll cross a large prairie dog town. Once past the prairie dog town you have about 0.5 mile to the park boundary, and you'll travel just south and below Twin Rocks themselves and through a grove of aspens. After you pass the footbridge and go about 0.25 miles the path narrows and you can tell that it's less traveled than first half of the trail - still easy to walk and see but clearly not as crowded.

    I've seen mule deer, prairie lizard (Eastern Fence Lizard), fox, all sorts of birds, etc...it's just a fun, enjoyable hike.

    Botany 007 completed Twin Rock Trail

    27 days ago

    Botany 007 added Twin Rock Trail

    27 days ago

    Botany 007 saved Signal Butte Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 reviewed Shooting Star Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I gave this a 4 because it's a great hike with good views, and it hugs a stream/wetland for the last 1.7 miles of the leg out. I only saw two people, a couple, and that was during the last mile of the hike, and they came on the Twin Rocks trail head from near the visitor center. The parking lot was empty when I got there and empty when I left.

    When you leave the trail head at the Barksdale picnic area you have to veer left at 0.3 miles the point where the All Trails map says goes to the right (NE). The trail no longer exists and there are no signs for it. If you look at my recording you can see I wander a bit to try and find the trail, and I saw some evidence of one used years ago. I love the backcountry as much as the next person, but the Park Service clearly doesn't want people using it so I stayed on the marked trail. You hit a bridge 2.2. miles into the hike then turn to the east and follow the stream and wetland system. I turned around just before Twin Rocks near the park service boundary.

    I can't give it a 5 because the trail as described on the map above by All Trails doesn't exist - this is an out and back trail, and not a loop (my whole trip was 6.1 miles). In fact, most of Shooting Star Trail is actually on Twin Rocks Trail, which starts at the old homestead north of the visitor's center on county road 1 - you'll meet up with this trail 1.4 miles from the trail head and just stay to the right.

    The aspens are about 10-14 days from peaking, and I'll be back here for sure. The trail also doesn't seem to get heavy use, which is great. There are signs that say no horseback riding along the trails, but people still take horses there - you can see the hoof marks and horse dung. The trail is well maintained and easy to travel. I would rate this trail easy-moderate. There are sections to get your heart pumping, but plenty of gently rolling parts as well.

    Botany 007 completed Shooting Star Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 added Shooting Star Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Platte River Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Florissant Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Shooting Star Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Hornbeck Wildlife Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 reviewed Inner Canyon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Great hike and wonderful views. I started my hike there on Wednesday, 8/29/2018 at 1:30PM and saw 5 people the entire way, and then only on parts of the hike within a 10 minute walk from the parking lots. The trail is well-marked and maintained - the trail simply follows the canyon all the way around, either on the rim or along the bottom near the stream so you can't get lost or sidetracked if you're paying attention.

    The hike is more than 5.8 miles...my hike was 6.5 miles without roaming off the trails much, and the only heart pumping part is just past the dam as you ascend to the rim of the canyon for a quarter mile or so. NOTE: there is poison ivy along all parts of this trail right along the edge of the trails (poison ivy thrives on disturbance). If you are sensitized to it like I am - and have had it many times like me - then you'll notice it pretty quickly. I'm a field botanist so I was turning sideways on a few of the narrower portions of the trail because I was in shorts. If you have kids with you just be careful that they don't handle random vegetation along the trails.

    Overall a great hike - I'm coming back to do the eastern loop, which is a preservation area and will be of more interest to biologists and environmental types.

    Botany 007 completed Inner Canyon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 added Castlewood Canyon SP

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Inner Canyon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Botany 007 saved Pancake Rocks

    3 months ago

    Botany 007 saved Gray Back Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Botany 007 saved Twin Rock Trail

    3 months ago

    Botany 007 saved Boulder Creek

    3 months ago

    Botany 007 saved Paint Mines Trail

    5 months ago