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Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

If you have little princesses in your family, you may be familiar with this story (
I thought the title was perfect for my blog about today's hike, since the major View Point was called Princess Anne View! Not sure when the bench named for Princess Anne was put there, but the trees have grown LOTS since then, and much of the view over Denver & the plains was blocked by big trees! I discovered this after we had passed great view areas without pulling out the camera, thinking, "The view must be even better from Princess Anne View Point." NOT. Oh well, I got a few nice shots.

A trail description says this: "The Rawhide Loop Trail circles White Ranch Park's highest meadows and rolling hills with varied terrain and exceptional views throughout. This transition zone between foothills and montane forest spans a diverse tapestry of flower-riddled meadows, ponderosa parks, and fir forests home to mule deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, bear, deer, elk and mountain lion." We came across the lower portion of a deer leg in the middle of the trail ... enough evidence for me that the description of animals in the area must be accurate. (no photo of that!) However, right after we got on the trail Hubby sighted a deer, and I got some shots of it -- of course he'd always duck his head before the camera snapped the pic!

(here he is, running away from us)

The area was pretty, with nice trails -- some root-lined, some nice & smooth, some parts were even wide gravel road!

(sorry this imported sideways)

Interesting views along the trail

As you can see, I didn't look much like a princess -- wore my suncreen hat instead of my tiara with my hiking boots!

The Trail Guide said this was a 4.7 mile loop, and it should take 110 minutes to complete. We cut it a little short, and it took us 3 hours. We were keeping a good pace, so we can't imagine how our time was so much slower than the book told us to expect. Started out just at 8 AM, and it got hot (99 in my backyard as I type this at 3 PM). We definitely felt like we got a workout!
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