Archive

Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

A quick hike

Colorado Springs is a neat city in a great location.  Today we did a quick hike, on a trail system starting in the city limits.  The recent rains has made for a lot of mud, but we had a nice hike anyway. Not shown in the pictures is the wonderful view of Pikes Peak, which today unfortunately was somewhat hidden by the clouds.

image

image

image

image

image

Salida, Colorado

We are parked in the 4 Seasons RV Park in Salida, Colorado. We are here for a rally with our friends of the Pikes Peak Rollers. It’s nice to catch up with old friends, enjoy some good food, and appreciate the local scenery.

Founded in 1880, Salida was originally a railroad town and was a significant link in the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War II the railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today, the most prominent business in Salida is tourism, consisting of skiing at Monarch Ski Area, whitewater rafting, kayaking and outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River. In addition, fishing in the Arkansas River is a big attraction.

On US-50, heading into Salida

On US-50, heading into Salida

A nearby mountain peak

A nearby mountain peak

An interesting house

An interesting house

Another stylish home

Another stylish home

Not sure what this style is-- Cape Code?

Not sure what this style is– Cape Code?

The Arkansas River runs right through town

The Arkansas River runs right through town

A ranch, acroos

A ranch, across from the RV Park

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas

Valley of Fire, Nevada

May 24, 2014 2 comments

The Valley of Fire is located less than an hour north of Las Vegas, close to Lake Mead. It gets its name from the bright red rock formations, but also because it gets to be over 120F (50C) in the summer.

One area is known as “Mouse Tank” and contains a valley filled with Indian petroglyphs. Even though time is starting to erode them, it is still possible to make out the huge amount of indian art.

But there is more to it. There are many geologic formations of different colors and different shapes, giving an erie effect to the landscape. Perfect for hiking, and photography.

Very sandy in many places.

Very sandy in many places.

Slot Canyon

Slot Canyon

Baby arches (?)

Baby arches (?)

"Fire Wave" - unique formations

“Fire Wave” – unique formations

fire2-14 Hard to see, but lots of petroglyphs[/caption]

Indian petroglyphs

Closer view of Indian petroglyphs

Lava formations as far as the eye can see

Lava formations as far as the eye can see

Bryce Canyon

May 9, 2014 2 comments

Bryce Canyon is unique in that visitors view the canyon from the top down, instead of from the bottom up. This provides a unique viewpoint of the distinctive geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

We drove over with some of our friends of the Pikes Peak Rollers, our Colorado RV travel group. We were going to stop over at Cedar Breaks, but recent snowfall closed the road. But we still got to see some snow over the pass!

Romola and I also hiked down into the canyon (Navajo Trail). It’s spectacular, looking up at the hoodoos instead of just down! Makes the tough hike back up worth it.

Rock formation at Red Canyon, on the way to Bryce

Rock formation at Red Canyon, on the way to Bryce

Wayne Pedersen with Romola at the summit

Wayne Pedersen with Romola at the summit

Yep, that's snow!

Yep, that’s snow!

#1

#1

#2

#2

#3

#3

#4

#4

#5

#5

#10

#10

#6

#6

#8

#8

#9

#9

#7

#7

Steep trail back up

Steep trail back up

Twin bridges

Twin bridges

Hiking down the canyon

Hiking down the canyon

Alger Alp hike, WA

The Alger Alp hike is all on abandoned logging road, so it is an easy walk, terrain wise.  But it is all uphill to the summit, just over 2 miles of uphill.  It is amazing to think that at one time heavily laden logging trucks came down these roads!

Unfortunately, the weather never cleared, so the expected views were severely limited.  Nevertheless, we had a nice hike, d picked up a few geocaches along the way.

Start of the hike, with the destination (top of the hill) visible

Foxgloves provide some color alongside the trail

Half way up, still a ways to go to the top

We actually beat this local resident to the top

View from the top, limited by clouds

A view on the way back

We found a cache by the side of this creek

 

Categories: hiking Tags: ,

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge

The weather has been so bad the last month we haven’t hiked much.  So with finally a nice day we drove the 30 miles to get to the Angel’s Rest trail.  It’s amazing how quickly you can get out of shape!  Now the Angel’s Rest hike is 2.3 miles long, but it’s all uphill — all of it.  It climbs some 1,500 feet in that distance.  Sore quads by the time we got to the top!

Along the way, there wer waterfalls (there are always waterfalls here!) but no scenic pictures, as the vegetation is in full bloom and much of the falls are obscured.  But the wildflowers were great!  Once at the top the views are spectacular.  Not much mountain view, but a lot of the Gorge itself.  A great hike!

And don’t believe that since it is all downhill on the way back it’s all easy.  By the time we got back to the car we truly felt we deserved a microbrew and pizza, which is conveniently located just down the road from our RV.

Starting point for several hiking trails

Better watch your step!

One of the few waterfalls wich were visible

Purple flowers

Hey! A wild rose!

A purple iris

1 1/2 miles in, and the destination is in view

Posing at the top

The view we came for

Coming down wasn't all easy, either

 

Categories: hiking, Traveling Tags: ,

Hood River Mountain Hike

Did our first hike of the year, and had a great time.  This area of the country has some beautiful (and challenging!) hikes!  We found this hike on the Portland Hikers website, and it looks like there will be many more to come.

Our hike today was wonderful.  The climb up was a bit of a stress, our flat land legs just aren’t used to it — yet.  But we look forward to many more hikes to come.

The first mile is uphill, through the trees

Looking north - that's Mt. Adams with Mt. Rainier (left) peeking over the hills.

And here's Mt. Hood, viewed from Hood River Mountain summit

I call this image "Black and White, in color"

Flowers are just starting to appear

Multnomah Falls

Fruit orchards are all over the place in this area

Categories: hiking Tags: ,

Moving day

June 17, 2010 1 comment

One of the other volunteers ended their service and left for home.  This opened a space we preferred, so we moved. The “new” space is better orientated so we have the morning sun in our front window, which is cooler.  And, there is a better view.  Not exactly a long drive though….

Looking along our motor home, with Split Mountain in the distance

A view of the back side of Split Mountain

A view into Hog Canyon

Some very strange stress lines in the sand stone

Categories: hiking Tags: ,

Hiking at night

One of the park Rangers (Amy) held a “moonlight walk” to show that you did not need daylight, or flashlights, to hike.  So we did a 2 1/2 mile loop (Desert Voices) just to experience this.  It was interesting to see the different plants that open at night, the different animals, and the different birds (we also saw bats).  Unfortunately, it was cloudy and we finished the night in serious dark conditions.

Don’t think I’ll give up my day hikes, but it was fun, and educational.

Amy explaining, John grinning, Josh and Romola paying attention before the start

Half way into the hike, setting sun, and darkness descends

Categories: Traveling Tags:

Hiking, rafting and history

May 31, 2010 1 comment

About a 1/2 hour drive from our campsite is McKee Springs, yet another great petroglyph (Fremont indian rock etching) site.  Obviously, the Fremont Indians were quite the artists as you can find lots and lots of artwork.  So off we went to explore this, and some other sites in the area.  Our new car got a great introduction to off pavement driving!

Most of the road to McKee Springs is gravel

But once there you will find some of excellent Fremont artwork

A second panel of artwork

But the Petroglyphs had to share top billing with a spectacular flowering cactus

A short ways down the road from McKee Springs is Rainbow Park.  This is a smallish campsite and is used primarily by rafters, who put in here for a day trip down the Green River.  It may look peaceful here, but there are class 3 and 4 rapids just around the bend…

A great early morning view. But don't let the image fool you, that water is moving, and fast. That surface is deceiving!

Rafters, getting ready for their adventure

And they're on the way

Once around the bend in the distance they will be in some major rapids

About 5 miles further down the road is the now abandoned Ruple Ranch.  This area was homesteaded in the mid 1800’s by the Ruple family, who eventually sold this property to the National Park Service where it is now part of Dinosaur National Monument.  This is the back side of Split Mountain, where we are camped.

The road in ends up as a rutted wagon trail, and although we have 4 wheel drive we sure didn’t have the clearance to go much further so we parked and walked the last mile to the trail.  It is an easy trail, although very rough as it isn’t used much and most of it is in a sandy wash literred with rocks.

This is as far as we got. Yes, we have 4 wheel drive, but not the required high clearance needed to traverse this old farm road.

Some of the old (but not original) buildings of Ruple Ranch

Once out of the car we hiked up the wash.

A really strange desert plant. Only saw one of these. The tall "stem" was way out of proportion to the leaves below.

All in all an interesting day.  Some nice hiking, some history, some scenery, and great weather.

Categories: Traveling Tags: , , ,