Hiking In the Rockies

This is going to be a new addition to the blog that will highlight the hiking activities here in Southern Colorado and will feature a weekly hike and pictures from my good friend Dennis Shepherd. Dennis leads hikes each week and is a well known local expert on the area trails and flora and fauna of the surrounding mountains. They meet at the visitor's center in South Fork most mornings at 9 a.m. and everyone is welcome to participate. He also has a youth program and that is a great addition to the area.  I will start with this weeks hike and also include past hikes as space allows. So kick back and enjoy the adventure as Dennis tells us about this weeks hike.

DENNIS___We started out at Silver Pass at 10500 ft. and  had lunch on top at an elevation of 11600 ft. over a distance of about 2  miles.  The trail is in good shape with only a few trees down on the  trail.

As always, the views were magnificent, very  little smoke from the Windy Pass fire and none from the West Fork fire (YEA!).  As you can see the wildflowers are out in full force for our  pleasure..............

I didn't see the bull elk but everybody else  did, he was in velvet.  On the way to the Silver Pass we saw a doe with a  TINY fawn, couldn't have been very old.

Wayne will be leading a hike Monday for your  enjoyment, meet at the VCPL at 9AM, bring lunch water and  raingear........