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    Rick Cosmas saved Maple Pass Trail

    22 days ago

    Rick Cosmas completed Icicle Gorge Trail

    25 days ago

    Rick Cosmas added Icicle Gorge Trail

    25 days ago

    Rick Cosmas saved Icicle Gorge Trail

    26 days ago

    Rick Cosmas completed Lodge Lake Trail

    27 days ago

    Rick Cosmas added Lodge Lake Trail

    27 days ago

    Rick Cosmas saved Lodge Lake Trail

    27 days ago

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Chasm Lake

    28 days ago

    The climb looking into Longs peak is iconic Colorado Rockies.The final reveal after the boulder scramble is most excellent. The length is actually around 11 miles.

    Rick Cosmas saved Chasm Lake

    28 days ago

    Rick Cosmas completed Chasm Lake

    29 days ago

    Rick Cosmas added Chasm Lake RMNF

    29 days ago

    Rick Cosmas added deep water on the loops

    about 1 month ago

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Ditch of Doom! - Little Big Econ State Forest

    2 months ago

    Starting at the Jones trailhead allows a similar double loop with a touch more river and way less time on the rails to trails Flagler. It is entirely bicycle friendly which takes a bit of hiker solace out and adds in a big dose of twisty-turny especially on two bridges. The ditch is a must see and do especially for bikers but I find the river panoramas a more interesting hike.

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Little-Big Econ State Forest

    2 months ago

    Hurricane Irma took its toll. The Flagler bridge is closed and the canopy is not quite what it was. The footing is much sandier. But then nature is what it is and being out in it is always a joy.

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Little Big River Loop

    2 months ago

    a very pleasant loop trail showcasing river views and wildlife if going counterclockwise look for river otters, hawks, and the occasional snake or gator) on the way out with a live oak - palm hammock on the way back.

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Lady Bird Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Excellent urban multiuse with tons of smiles given and taken

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Elk Falls and Elk Falls Overlook Loop

    2 months ago

    What an incredible park!! Elk Falls and its Overlook are quite the sights while Marmot Passage and Scout Line trails kept this Flatlander's pulse at Orange and camera clicking outstanding views with the last vestiges of Autumn yellows. The trail map tells me that there's a bunch more to tread. Hurray

    Rick Cosmas reviewed Shenandoah National Park Loop

    2 months ago

    If you are looking for a challenging, easy to navigate with plenty of vertical, excellent waterfalls and is in the mid 20s mile overnight, this is an absolutely wonderful trek. Some pretty fine Appalachian vistas, wind sucking climbs, periods of solitude mixed with clumps of tenderfoots and tourists keep it ever amusing. Then comes that close out rock scramble up Old Rag giving this adventure a "something to remember me by signature."
    A few items if you plan to do this as an overnight. (1) Water. Assuming you carry a purification system, the only exception to plenty along the way are the stretches from the base of Hawksbill to Indian Run (about two miles after you leave the AT) and of course once you start climbing the Rag until you finish. Other than those stretches you can fill about a liter at a time and be fine. (2) Something about "Stoney Man" was a must do for this 60 something Dead fan. The top was fittingly cloudy but certainly worth the side trip. (3) Try to time your adventure to NOT hit Old Rag on a perfect weather weekend as It can make for more people around than you care for. I had the pleasure of a clear, 70ish degree July Saturday and although the folks were always pleasant, helpful and smiling it made for a bit of congestion and hollywooding. Nothing however can take away from the physical challenge and beauty that is Old Rag. Bottom Line, DO it !!

    Rick Cosmas added Oh Shenandoah

    3 months ago