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    Pat Ribotto reviewed Wolfe Ranch and Petroglyph Trail

    4 months ago

    Walked out to see the Indian art panel. Very nice one actually. Very defined. It's worth the walk out here and isn't far from the parking lot. The Wolfe ranch has an interesting history to it too.

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Double Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    This is an easy walk along a dirt path. 4 stars only because I'm not a fan of how they let people climb all over under the arches. I think it should be roped off. We saw so many people up on the rocks, it was impossible to get a photo without them in it. Very cool set of arches though, and will be back some day when there's less people.

    Pat Ribotto completed Double Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Balanced Rock Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Took this short walk while on our drive thru the park roads. Pretty neat to see this huge boulder perched like it is. Easy walk.

    Pat Ribotto completed Balanced Rock Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Arches National Park Driving Tour

    4 months ago

    We did this drive on 7/6/18 and I enjoyed it. We didn't make it out to the Devils Garden end, but will do that another time. I was blown away by how crowded this place was. Crazy amount of people. Could not even find a parking place at the Windows area. And was disappointed to see the amount of people climbing all over the rocks at Double Arch. I think the park service needs to re-evaluate where they let people go. It was not cool in my eyes. You could not get a picture of the arches without people in your pic. I will return here some year at an off season time, and hope to see less crowds. There should be a limit on vehicles allowed in too, there clearly is not enough parking for all the cars they let in. Not even close. The line went on forever when we were leaving. Great pics to be taken, but I think some things should be done to manage the crowds.

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Grand View Point Trail

    4 months ago

    I didn't walk out this whole trail. I went down a ways to get a view towards the east, but that was it. The Green River overlook is better than this one I think. You can't even see the Colorado river from here?? Was not impressed.

    Pat Ribotto completed Grand View Point Trail

    4 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Green River Great Overlook

    4 months ago

    Drove to the roads end on 7/5/18 and was really expecting something more. I thought this place would have incredible views in all directions. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. I guess my expectations were a little to high. I would have been really disappointed if I had to pay for the entry fee of $30, but we have an annual pass. I just don't think this is one of our best national parks. I believe it is more of a backpack or 4 x 4 drive type adventure, as opposed to just hitting up the viewpoints. Pretty desolate out there

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Quandary Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    To say that this is a popular trail is a complete understatement. Got to the trail head on a Tuesday just after 6 a.m. and the place was already packed. I mean packed. It's crazy actually. And this is no easy hike either. Lots of rocks once you're above the tree line. The trail below tree line is actually really nice. And I will say the trail is easy to follow the whole way up. Probably the best we've been on when it comes to that. I have this hike at just under 6.5 miles total. I'm glad we didn't do this 14er first, as we may have had second thoughts about some of the others we did prior. It was a tough slog for us today. Maybe it was just an off day, but it took us 4 hours to summit. We were down in 2.5. The final incline to the top is a pull for sure. Lots of people, lots of dogs. It feels like a lot more than 6.5 miles when you get back to your vehicle. Good hike, nice views, just don't expect to have the place to yourself.

    Pat Ribotto completed Quandary Peak Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Lower Crystal Lake

    5 months ago

    So let me preface by saying that if you aren't in at least semi decent shape, the 1st 3/4 of a mile will gag you. That first section is one of the steepest 4 x 4 roads you can think of. We started this hike from the main parking area for Mohawk and Crystal Lakes. Right after you start up the main road, there is a cutoff to the right for Crystal Lake. It is signed Crystal Creek road. The climbing begins right away, so be prepared. This is also used by 4 x 4 trucks, even given it's level of ugly. After the first 3/4 mile it isn't quite as steep anymore, but still climbs the whole way to the lake. The lake isn't huge, and I have seen better scenery around here. But it's still a nice area for sure. Going on to the upper lake probably really opens up the views. There's definitely fish in this lake too, and they seem to prefer fly's. The mileage posted above is right on, and it took us about 2 hours to get there. Nice short hike, but does involve some steep parts. Did this on a Sunday, and the place is beyond popular!!! Most folks going to the Mohawk Lakes though

    Pat Ribotto completed Lower Crystal Lake

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Mount Lincoln Trail

    5 months ago

    My wife and I did this hike yesterday, 6,28,18. We did Democrat a few weeks back and wanted to do Lincoln from the trail posted below, but when we arrived at that location to scope it out a few weeks back, it was posted as private, no trespassing, and you'd be towed if you parked there!! So we went back to the Kite Lake trail head. The mileages on the map to the right don't agree with my Garmin though. Here's what I recorded. From the parking lot to the first saddle between Democrat and Cameron is 1.4. From there to Cameron is just under a mile. And from Cameron to Lincoln is just over a half mile for a total of 2.85 one way. Some steep stretches going up Cameron, and then the top is almost level. The trail goes right over the top so you summit this one whether you want to or not on your way to Lincoln. We opted not to do the Bross segment and just went back down the way we came. Most everyone was going back the Bross way though, and a few told us back at the parking lot what we had read about how steep and nasty the descent is on Bross. Steep enough the other way. For us anyway. Great views as you'd expect, and we had a really clear day with little to no wind thankfully. We encountered some gusts on the way down Cameron to the first saddle, but that was it. Popular trails, lots of people!! We took one of the last parking places when we arrived just after 7 on a Thursday. Most of the snow that was present when we were there 3 weeks ago was now melted too.

    Pat Ribotto completed Mount Lincoln Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Bald Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Just another quick review as I returned to this today and made it all the way to the top. The recording on this page does not go all the way to the top. So if you were hiking from where the pavement ends, this would be more than 8 miles. I parked up a little higher than the other day, and it was still 6 miles for me total. Incredible views and no wind this a.m. The last stretch is quite rocky and you have to take your time. The road section up high before it turns to semi-trail, is super steep too.

    Pat Ribotto completed Bald Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Bald Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    If you are looking for some amazing views back towards the 10 mile range, and north to the Mosquito range, this is the hike. Take the Boreas Pass road out of Breck and drive up this till you see Bald Mt. road on your left. Take this up to the parking area to the trail head. The trail is an old dirt mine road and you can actually drive up further if you want. Pretty easy road and may only need 4 wheel drive once or twice. No real ugly sections. We drove up one mile and parked under the big power line. Several people drove up further. We hiked the road for 2 miles and this puts you on the ridge line with a view to the east. Incredible views both east and west from here, In fact, once you are almost above tree line, the views west are awesome. It was a bit cloudy today and so the pics weren't as good as they would have been were it sunny, but even so. We turned around at this ridge as the weather was beginning to look questionable. It was fairly windy but nothing like some of our other hikes around here recently. Others were still heading up to the top though. But this is an easy hike up an old road that will not disappoint when it comes to the views you get.

    Pat Ribotto completed Mosquito Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Mosquito Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    So my wife and I just hiked this road today, 6/22/18. We drove up county road 12 outside of Alma and parked just past the crossing of Mosquito creek. Once you get to the first switchback beyond here, is where the road turns ugly. And that's about 2/10 of a mile. 4 x 4 from there. 2 wheel drive no problem to the creek. This road is intermittent in it's ugliness. There are sections that are really rocky and require some experience, and then it mellows out till the next stretch. I chose not to destroy my wife's Expedition on this road, and so we parked and hiked. The road is still snow bound right now just beyond the saddle you gain above the North London mine. From the mine up, this is where the road is really one lane, and rough!! We managed to get across that snow drift fairly easily, as the snow was soft and we could dig in our heels. I have read about how you can pass other vehicles that might be coming down from the other way. But honestly, beyond the mine, it 's really a one lane road. There may be a few places to get past someone, but no thanks. Below the mine to the creek, plenty of room for going around someone, but still some ugly sections. It took us 2 hours to get to the pass from the creek, and about the same coming down. It was 5.7 miles total. As with our recent hike to the top of Mt. Sherman, we were greeted with the most horrific winds at the top of the pass today. Insane. We could barely hold the camera steady for pics. We stayed about 2-3 minutes, and that's all we could take. Just below the pass it let up some, but was still really windy the whole way back down. Something about that Mosquito range. Wow. The scenery is awesome as with all the high country around here. Even though this is really a 4 x 4 road trip, this was a good hike too. I recommend it if you don't have the interest, or the experience, with 4 wheeling on roads of this nature. I am guessing another 2-3 weeks before the road is snow free at that one spot. Some interesting mining history here as well, like most of Colorado has. A few snow flurries on our walk back down too :) . Another great hike off of highway 9.

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Spruce Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    Hard not to give this 5 stars as it's a really nice area. We chose to hike up the road section on the way up and the trail on the way back. The road is definitely not car friendly, but I almost think a stout 2 wheel drive truck could get up to at least the cutoff to Crystal Lake, but a 4 wheel drive will go up this no problem and 3 guys were parked all the way to the end at the Spruce Creek reservoir area. The road is definitely 4 x 4 for the last stretch though. Ugly!. Anyway, hiking up the road part in the a.m. was still nice and shady for the most part. It was 1.2 miles to the Crystal Lake cutoff and a few vehicles were parked here. Shortly after this spot is a road that bears right and that would be the loop part of this description. We opted to stay on the main road instead. Then at 1.6 miles there was another place one could park and start walking, and beyond this point the road becomes pretty ugly. We decided to go on to the lower and upper Mohawk Lakes once we got there too. The lower lake has a lot of trails breaking off all over, but they all wind up at the lake. Lower Mohawk lake is really shallow, and a good spot to take a break. Then the trail to the upper lake is more defined. Mind you, several people were getting turned around here and taking a trail that beared right, and that's not the one. Once you get on the right trail the lake is not far at all. Maybe a half mile. When you are on the final approach to the upper lake you are in for a surprise. It is literally a negative edge lake!!! Your eyes are level with the lake as you take the last few steps up to it. Really cool!! This is a much deeper lake than the lower, and we could see trout swimming along the edges. I wet a line but they weren't havin it :) Very nice spot and from here you can hike even higher to the lakes that lie above. We turned around and headed back and took the trail on the way down. We encountered some mountain goats one our walk back too. Always neat to see some wildlife. My Garmin read 6.4 total for this hike. I must add that this is the first time I have ever seen mosquitoes anywhere I have hiked in Colorado. I was beginning to think they didn't have any. Not bad, but there were a few. Busy trail for sure, lots of people out here today.

    Pat Ribotto completed Spruce Creek Loop

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto completed Guanella Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Guanella Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    We just drove this scenic byway today, 6/16/18, under nice cloudy and overcast sky's. This would be a great drive in the fall as there are a lot of aspens along this route. We came in from the Grant side which is a fairly gradual climb to the pass. This is fathers day weekend, and there were a ridiculous amount of people at the pass hiking, camping, and whatever else. Tons of cars. At the pass there are several trails one can start off on, the most common being the trail to the 14er Mt. Bierstadt. There are a few high country lakes you can reach on the west side of the road from here too. Continuing on down the Georgetown side of the pass, it is really steep!! We saw a trio of bighorn sheep right on the road. Then finally down into Georgetown and a stop for a libation. Cool town with some really neat old homes and buildings. Very nice drive!! Have to do it again some time in the sunshine, but the clouds were very welcome. Well worth the time.

    Pat Ribotto reviewed McCullough Gulch Trail

    5 months ago

    Took this short hike today, 6/15/18. The road to the trail head is in good shape for any kind of car or truck. Didn't know this was such a popular hike but it is. Lots of people up here today. You park right on the road by the trail head sign, elevation is about 11,050', then take the left fork in that road right there. Walk the road to the gate and then further on till you get to another sign. Stay left up the hill here. You'll cross a foot bridge a ways further and then the road turns into a trail around this point. It's nice and shady thru the wooded stretch and then opens up again closer to the falls and the lake. The waterfall is worth the walk. It splits towards the bottom and is a nice cascade. From there, the lake is not much further and there are lots of trails that break off all over. Most to campsites, so stick to the most well worn one and you'll find your way to the lake. The lake is long and narrow and a nice spot to hang out for a while. We didn't have a chance to go further to the upper lakes as it was getting dark with rain clouds. My Garmin read exactly 2 miles to the lake. The elevation at the lake was 11,950'. Once we started back down it did in fact start sprinkling a little, and then it turned to snow, and then down lower yet it was back to rain. This is a great little hike and easy for anyone. No real difficult parts at all. Beautiful scenery with Quandary Peak on your left the whole way up.

    Pat Ribotto completed McCullough Gulch Trail

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Mt Sherman from Iowa Gultch

    5 months ago

    So 4 stars instead of 5. I'll get to that. We just completed this trek, 6/13/18. I have read a few reviews for this elsewhere, that say this is such an easy hike. Don't totally agree with that. It was similar to the Mt. Democrat hike we just did in terms of low miles, and not a lot of elevation gain to claim a 14er. But I think Democrat was easier. So let's begin. This trail starts in the Iowa Gulch on the Leadville side of Sherman. It drops down to the creek and there are a few crossings to make that were easy. Then some mud to navigate. Then promptly starts climbing up the talus field. There were a few snow drifts to go across too, and they were still frozen at 9 a.m. That was a little unnerving, and one of them we completely went around on more talus, lest we risk sliding out of control and ending the hike right there. Then this trail just keeps climbing up and up. Probably a good time to mention that Colorado trail builders apparently don't believe in switch backs. And you don't encounter any until right below the saddle between Sherman and Sheridan. And the constant thought of what it was going to be like to go down, kept you busy. Once at the saddle, you bear left and head up more non switch back climbing. One thing I have not heard anyone mention about this stretch, is that once you are above the saddle about 2/10 or so, the trail now follows a fairly narrow ridge line. Not knife edge, but close. And now the reason for 4 stars. We did have a stellar blue bird day. The trail, steep as it is, is easy enough to find the whole way. What we didn't expect was the horrific winds that ensued along that ridge line section, until we got above the false summit, and then the rest of the way to the summit is almost flat and the winds settled down. It was crazy windy. Like probably 40-50 mile an hour sustained winds. No let up. Not fun. Once at the top we sat for about 20 minutes in low to no winds? That was weird, but much appreciated after that blast we just got. It took us 3 hours to summit, and my Garmin said 2.4. Now for the return trip back down. I warned my fellow hiking cronies that we will probably encounter those winds again at that spot, for whatever reason. Well, that was an understatement. As they were now so bad I would venture to guess they were closer to 70-75 miles an hour, steady!!!. It was the worst mother nature encounter I have EVER had. I had the chin strap cinched so tight on my hat, it was cutting off the blood flow, and yet the wind was doing it's best to rip my hat from my head and deposit it in Fairplay. At one point I had to hold onto my wife as I didn't think she was going to manage the last 50' or so to where we had a small area that was blocked. Unfortunately, it only let up slightly the whole way down. Wind burned?? Bad. I know that there is usually windy conditions at high elevations, but this was another story. All that aside, the views on top are great, and the rating of hard or difficult above is accurate. Not to discourage anyone, we just had a bad encounter today. One I will not soon like to repeat!!

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Boreas Pass Road

    5 months ago

    This is a really nice road for a scenic drive. Very interesting story of the area at the pass. A lot of history there. It took about an hour and a half from the Breck side, but we stopped at the pass and looked around for about 20 minutes too. Definitely not a 4 x 4 road. It is in really good shape, and you can do this in a car no problem. There is only one slightly rocky part at the very bottom of the Como side, that's it. Lots of Aspens along this drive so it must be nice in the fall. I could see this being a good road to look for wildlife either early morning or late in the day too. We will go back sometime to see. Lots of people camped along this road the day we went. Check it out.

    Pat Ribotto completed Boreas Pass Road

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto updated North Star Mine Hike

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Hoosier Ridge hike

    5 months ago

    This is a nice easy, short hike. You could go much further up the Hoosier Ridge than we did if you wanted to. Park at Hoosier Pass and cross the highway heading east up what appears to be an old service road. It does wind up ending at some communication towers of some kind. Just after the first set of towers, we broke off the road and started going cross country up towards another type of relay tower that looks like a small billboard. Then we just kept walking until we had an unobstructed view to the west. The view is awesome for hiking such a short distance. In my opinion, this is best hiked in the morning thru afternoon for photo opps. You have Quandary, North Star, Lincoln, Bross and clear down to Mt. Sherman in full view, along with lots of other 13er's. The walking cross country above tree line is super nice and easy. Then just pick a route back down to the road and head back to the pass. Just avoid the low growing willow shrubs, as they are a pain to walk thru. So only a couple miles or so, but you could morph this into a much longer day hike. Beautiful up here!! After spending several days hiking on the west side of the pass, it was nice to hike up to this open space and have a look back. Looking for an easy one with an unreal view and don't have a lot of time, this is it!!

    Pat Ribotto updated Hoosier Ridge hike

    5 months ago

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Kite Lake to Mount Democrat Trail

    5 months ago

    Just did this today, 6/11/18, with my trusty hiking partner, my wife :) This was the 1st 14er for each of us. The day started at the lake and was really windy, and slightly cold. Be sure to remember to bring 3 single dollar bills for the fee!! The further we went, the wind seemed to mellow out some. At the 1st saddle the wind was ugly there too. By the time we reached the top, it really wasn't windy up there at all. That was nice. Stayed up there and took in the view for about 20 minutes before heading back down. The talus slopes back down to the saddle take some concentration for sure. They are tough enough going up, coming down is a different story as always. This is a short hike, just under 4 miles total. But it is a pull for sure. Highly recommended. You will lose the trail once in a while, but easy enough to pick it back up again. There were no snow situations right now that caused any problems along the trail. Easy drive up this road too, 4 x 4 not necessary, but one would have to go slow and pick a route if in a low riding car. This is a good starter 14er as it is short in distance, and elevation gain.

    Pat Ribotto reviewed Mount Silverheels

    5 months ago

    Just a side note to agree with the other posts that say this is NOT the trail head to Silverheels. Hence one star for this. I just did a nice walk along this side of the pass, and there is no trail that breaks off in the direction of Silverheels. Anyone walking this way to get to Silverheels, is going cross country. If this is a route, that someone has done, then they need to chime in about it. I will write a separate post about where I went today.

    Pat Ribotto completed Mount Silverheels

    5 months ago